Before we begin-I must apologize for the lack of new photos in this post- I ate the finished product before I remembered to snap some images.
I chopped half a head of radicchio, and sliced 7-8 strawberries into a bowl. I fried up 4 slices of thick cut bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces. I chopped about 1/4 cup of walnuts. I tossed all of this together. Then in a small bowl I combined 1/4 of a cup of apricot jam with a tablespoon and a half of champagne vinegar, two teaspoons of olive oil, salt, pepper and a healthy sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes. Just before serving, I added the dressing to the salad bowl and stirred until all elements of the salad were well combined.
Honestly- I was a little worried about how this salad would turn out. There were a lot of elements in it which didn't necessarily spell out "classic pairing". However, the end result was truly delicious. The radicchio was bitter as ever, full of all of those wonderful nutrients, but was perfectly offset by the sweet and slightly spicy dressing and the wonderful naturally sweet strawberries. The bacon and the nuts provided some great textural contrast. I have since eaten this salad a few times, and have shared it with friends who echoed my sentiments- it was a weird mix of ingredients, but really worked when pulled all together.
This is a perfect summer salad- I'll definitely be recreating in the weeks ahead!