Grilled Radicchio Salad

Grilled radicchio has a wonderfully nutty flavor and a vibrant purple color. Add some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and grated Pecorino, and you’ve got an easy side dish in minutes!

Grilled Radicchio Salad
Elise Bauer

What is Radicchio?

Have you ever cooked with radicchio?

Until recently, I have only had it in salads. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with it, radicchio looks like a small head of red cabbage; you can usually find it in the produce section of your grocery store.

It's actually not a cabbage, but a chicory, and it has a just slightly bitter, crisp taste.

radicchio for Grilled Radicchio Salad
Elise Bauer

Why Grill Radicchio?

Raw, chopped radicchio is what you often find in those bagged salad mixes. But here's the cool thing, radicchio is outstanding grilled. Something about the grilling on high heat transforms the bitterness and turns it a little nutty. I didn't believe it until I tried it. So good!

How To Make Grilled Radicchio Salad

Quarter the radicchio heads, coat them with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Then, grill them until lightly charred all over.

Chop them into salad-sized pieces, toss them with dressing, and sprinkle on a little grated Parmesan or Pecorino, and you're there.

Do you have a favorite way of preparing radicchio? Please let us know about it in the comments.

How To Pick the Best Radicchio

For this recipe, you'll need a whole head, not a pre-bagged mix. There are two kinds of radicchio: ones that are round like a small cabbage, and ones that are cylindrical and look like purple endives (which they are). Look for radicchio with a vivid reddish purple color and firm, compact heads. If the leaves are darkened or wilted, that's a sign of their being stored too long.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Grilled Radicchio Salad

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings


  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more to coat the radicchio

  • 2 heads radicchio

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Pecorino or Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Make the dressing:

    Put the garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and salt into a food processor or blender and pulse to combine. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the dressing comes together.

  2. Preheat the grill:

    Prepare your grill with direct high heat.

  3. Quarter the radicchio:

    Cut each radicchio into quarters so that each quarter has a bit of the stem end holding it together.

    radicchio cut into quarters
    Elise Bauer
  4. Season the quartered radicchio:

    Coat the radicchio quarters with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

    radicchio tossed with olive oil in bowl
    Elise Bauer
  5. Grill the radicchio:

    Grill the radicchio over high heat, uncovered. Keep an eye on them, as they blacken quickly. You want a little char, but not a cinder.

    When they’re done, move to a cutting board.

    radicchio on grill
    Elise Bauer
  6. Chop into bite-sized pieces:

    Chop the radicchio into small pieces and and toss with the dressing and some black pepper.

  7. Serve hot or at room temperature:

    Garnished with your choice of grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
193 Calories
19g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 193
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 288mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 69mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.