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Mixed Chicories with Warm Bagna Cauda Dressing

12 minutes prep
10 minutes active cooking
22 minutes total

Makes 6 servings

This salad is a study in dynamic contrasts.

Cool greens, warm dressing. Bitter chicories, salty capers and umami-rich anchovies. The dressing will be quite intensely flavored when you taste it in the pan but don’t worry, it will be balanced perfectly by the hearty greens and fresh fennel.

~ Mona Johnson & Jaret Foster, guest contributors and owners of Tournant

What you'll need


For the shopping list

8 cups of

mixed chicories, cleaned and torn into bite size pieces

1 small

fennel bulb, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

3 cloves of

garlic, minced

Edible flower petals (optional)

For serving

Dried shrimp (optional)

From our shop

$15 - San Sebastian - Spain

$17 - Pantelleria - Sicily

Capers in Sea Salt

$16 - Napa - California

Zinfandel Vinegar

$32 - Umbria - Italy

Bettini Organic


From the kitchen


Small Skillet


Mixing Spoon

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

For your chicory blend, go for a mixture of as many colors, shapes and textures as you can.

Try any combination of radicchio, Treviso, Tardivo, frisee, endive, hearts of escarole, the gloriously speckled Castelfranco or the marvelously pink Rosa del Veneto.

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Warm olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add anchovies and garlic and cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant and anchovies collapse into a paste. Remove from heat and add capers and vinegar to pan, stirring to combine. Taste and adjust with more vinegar or oil as needed.

Step 2

Pile chicories attractively on a platter. Spoon dressing over the salad and sprinkle with flower petals, if desired. Serve the dried shrimp in a little bowl on the side for guests to garnish their salads.

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From the Sea

Brown Anchovies

Bahia de la ConchaSan Sebastian - Spain
Capers in Sea Salt
Capers, Pickles, & Peppers

Capers in Sea Salt

Bonomo and GiglioPantelleria - Sicily
Zinfandel Vinegar

Zinfandel Vinegar

Katz FarmNapa - California
Bettini Organic
Olive Oil

Bettini Organic

BettiniUmbria - Italy

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