so this was an experiment that pieced together 2-3 recipes + some creativity from my end. took only 2 minutes to disappear once i made it :)
2 large heads of radicchio (about 1 pound total), halved through core end, each half cut into 3 wedges with some core still attached
3 chopped garlic cloves
3 chopped dates
1/2 cup olive oil, plus more to coat radicchio
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard
Salt and black pepper
Pecorino or parmesan cheese for garnish
Preheat oven to 450°F. Rinse radicchio wedges in cold water; gently shake off excess water (do not dry completely). Place radicchio in large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil; toss to coat. Arrange radicchio wedges, 1 cut side up, on rimmed baking sheet. Roast until wilted, about 12 minutes. Turn over, sprinkle chopped garlic & dates and roast until tender, about 8 minutes longer.
Make the dressing. Put the salt, garlic, mustard and balsamic vinegar into a food processor or blender and pulse to combine. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil slowly until the dressing comes together.
Chop the radicchio quarters into bite-sized pieces and toss with the dressing and some black pepper.
Serve hot or at room temperature, garnished with grated pecorino or parmesan cheese.
Serves 4 to 6.