This is one of my go-to salads when attending a dinner party or having people over. Not only can this salad be whipped up in under 10 minutes, it looks beautiful and tastes just as good! The pairing of radicchio, blood orange, and roasted hazelnuts has always been a favourite of mine and the finger lime really takes this dish to the next level, adding a wonderfully tangy and sweet burst of excitement with every bite.
Finger lime, for those who have not yet been introduced to this magical citrus fruit, is an Australian bush lime with caviar-like beads (cells) inside. The juicy caviar-like beads provide a delicious burst of lemon-lime flavour with every mouthful and it also adds a beautiful pop of colour to dishes both savoury and sweet. Finger limes come in an array of different colours from green, yellow, purple, pink and bright red and they can be found at specialty greengrocers and markets.
Like all citrus fruits, finger limes are a great source of Vitamin C - with this small lime packing three times more Vitamin C than a mandarin. They are also high in Vitamin E, folate and potassium.
If you've got a bit of a green thumb, finger lime trees can also be picked up from plant stores and nurseries. Although our plant at home is only small it produces masses amounts of these delicious finger limes. If growing your own, a good tip is that finger limes can be frozen for up to 12 months without flavour loss - so if you end up with an abundance just freeze them for all your wow-dishes throughout the year!
If you can't find finger limes at the markets or green grocer - try checking out The Lime Caviar Company who sell fresh and frozen finger limes delivering Australia-wide and internationally.
Radicchio, Blood Orange & Finger Lime Salad
Prep time: 10 minutes
1 medium head radicchio, washed and cored
2 blood oranges, peeled and segmented
1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
2-3 finger limes, 'caviar' only
micro greens or sprouts
For the dressing
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or lemon juice
pinch salt flakes
cracked black pepper
- Break radicchio leaves up into a large salad bowl and arrange the blood orange segments around the leaves.
- Sprinkle on the roasted hazelnuts, and just before serving, add the finger lime 'caviar' and micro greens.
- To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over dressing just before serving.