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Trecolore salad is typically made with three kinds of lettuce — this one uses bibb and radicchio and subs fennel in for a third. The result is a blend of mild and bitter that makes a great backdrop for sweet, juicy red grapes. The secret here is freezing the blue cheese. Find out why after the jump. 

We're digging the food by executive chef Victor LaPlaca at NYC trattoria and crudo bar Isola. Next up: a classic Italian salad with a cheesy little trick up its sleeve.

Trecolore salad is typically made with three kinds of lettuce — this one uses bibb and radicchio and subs fennel in for a third. The result is a blend of mild and bitter that makes a great backdrop for sweet, juicy red grapes. The secret here is freezing the blue cheese for about 30 minutes before grating it over the top of the salad, otherwise it'll just crumble. The blue cheese shavings give the whole salad a rich, tangy flavor that makes this a really addictive first course, or add a protein for a light, healthy lunch or dinner.