Big "R" Salad

Simple food can taste so good. Like this "Big R Salad" - named after my dad Richard- because I always remember growing up seeing him snack on freshly picked radishes grown from our garden box with just a sprinkle of salt... he also loves pistachios so those needed to get in there somehow! 


  • 3 big handfuls of arugula (about 4 cups)
  • 1 radicchio head, washed and torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup of radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of raw, shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup of unsulphered, dried figs cut into halves


  • Juice of 1 orange, and zest
  • 2 tbsp. of  balsamic vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of dijon mustard
  • 1 small shallot, thinly diced
  • Fresh black pepper 

* Put all ingredients in a mason jar with lid and shake shake shake! Pour desired amount of dressing on salad and toss evenly