This is a showstopper salad with an absolutely irresistible dressing. Your guests will be licking their plates. It has a bacon quality because of the hazelnut oil and smoked maple syrup and a tiny kick of heat from the hot vinegar but plenty of sweetness to balance the bitterness of the chicory. Make this in the winter and early spring when chicory is bursting at the farmers markets.
This super easy salad is a fantastic vegan main dish for those summer days (or when you want to invoke a little summer indoors). A quick saute of gourmet heirloom beans in Amanda Frietag's Chica Adobo Seasoning delivers a savory, spicy kick. This whole recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes for a meal that will even satisfy the meat eaters at the table.