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27 Absolute Best Radicchio Recipes: You Have to Try #18

What’s purple, white, and delicious all over? Radicchio, of course! Not only does radicchio taste good, but it is also great for you, being low in calories but high in zinc, copper, and vitamin K. Are you interested in relishing some ridiculously tasty radicchio recipes? Check out this list with the 27 best radicchio recipes that you have to try.

Simple Radicchio Recipes

Want radicchio but don’t feel like putting in a lot of work or ingredients? You’ll love these super flavorful but straightforward radicchio recipes.

Sautéed Radicchio

Sauteed radicchio the spruce eats recipe
Credit: The Spruce Eats

This super simple sautéed radicchio recipe will take you less than half an hour and three ingredients to make. Although little effort or time goes into this sautéed radicchio, the difference between it and raw radicchio is enormous, with this version beautifully tempering radicchio’s bitterness while still preserving its unique flavor.

Roasted Balsamic Radicchio

roasted radicchio bon appetit recipe
Credit: Bon Appetit

For a simple recipe with a dash of flavor, try this roasted balsamic radicchio. With only four ingredients, radicchio, olive oil, thyme, balsamic vinegar, and a small amount of prep work, this radicchio recipe makes an excellent easy, and quick side dish.

Seared Radicchio

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This seared radicchio has a lot of flavors but not a lot of ingredients and work. This recipe works perfectly as a side dish with a crispy, crunchy flavor and toppings that perfectly complement its slightly bitter taste, like raisins, pine nuts, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar or stand-alone meal.

Radicchio Salad Recipes

One of the best ways to use radicchio is in salads. It makes an excellent base, bringing a unique bitter flavor that flawlessly plays off more traditional salad ingredients.

Tricolor Vegetable Salad

tricolor salad recipe martha stewart
Credit: Martha Stewart

Some dishes look beautiful. One of those dishes is this delicious tricolor vegetable salad. Perfect to bring to summer picnics or provide a festive pop of color at holiday events; this versatile salad has corn, cucumbers, radicchio, and a sweet but salty dressing.

Radicchio, Chestnut, and Blue Cheese Salad

walnut radicchio salad BBC Food recipe
Credit: BBC Food

This radicchio, chestnut, and blue cheese salad recipe proves that you can make a yummy, flavorful salad in a few minutes. This superb salad has a killer dressing that balances the sweetness of honey, the savory mustard, and sour citrus.

Radicchio, Endive and Anchovy Salad

Radicchio, Endive, and Anchovy Salad Recipe serious eats recipe
Credit: Serious Eats

Balancing the bitterness of radicchio and anchovies’ saltiness, this radicchio and endive salad is a flavor-filled masterpiece. Toasted breadcrumbs add substance, creating a full salad that eats like a meal in just a few minutes.

Radicchio, Bacon, and Pear Salad

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This radicchio, bacon, and pear salad recipe takes sweet and savory to a whole new level. It will change your idea of what a salad can be. The medley of flavors, the sweetness of the fruit, delectability of the bacon, and subtle bitterness of the radicchio work wonders together.

Radicchio Salad with Frisée and Apples

Radicchio Salad with Frisée and Apples recipe elana's pantry
Credit: Elana’s Pantry

Perfect for people on the paleo diet, this radicchio salad with frisée and apples has six healthy ingredients, radicchio, frisée, an apple, walnuts, olive oil, and vinegar. Add a little bit of roasted chicken on top of the perfect paleo meal.

Radicchio Pasta Recipes

Italians love radicchio, which is good because it flawlessly complements so many pasta dishes providing its fresh, subtly bitter taste to savory and saucy meals.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Radicchio and Smoked Ricotta

Sweet potato Gnocchi with Radicchio Tardivo and smoked ricotta, by Chef Danilo Cortellini
Credit: Catering & Hospitality

You could put sweet potatoes on cardboard, and I would think it was a delicious dish. Nevertheless, this sweet potato gnocchi with radicchio and smoked ricotta is undeniably yummy. The contrast between the fluffy and sweet gnocchi and the crisp and bitter radicchio is mouth-wateringly good.

Gnocchi Gorgonzola and Radicchio

Credit: The Pasta Project

Inspired by traditional cuisine from Northern Italy, this gnocchi gorgonzola and radicchio is the perfect winter comfort food. The pillowy potato gnocchi, creamy gorgonzola, crunchy walnuts, and fresh radicchio taste unbelievably good together.

Risotto Radicchio and Gorgonzola

Risotto Radicchio and Gorgonzola (Northern Italy)
Credit: Mediterranean Living

Also hailing from Northern Italy, this rich risotto radicchio and gorgonzola recipe is simple and savory. The creamy, melty gorgonzola, quality risotto, and sautéed radicchio all blend to make comfort cuisine.

Tortellini With Radicchio and Peas

Tortellini with Radicchio and Peas
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This simple, satisfying tortellini with radicchio and peas recipe will become one of your family’s favorites. Delicious cheese tortellini is sauteed with peas, radicchio, scallions, and parmesan to make this fresh and cheesy dish.

Raw Radicchio Recipes

Although radicchio tastes amazing sautéed, grilled, or baked, there’s something to be said for the freshness of raw radicchio.

Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese

Bitter Greens Salad with Melted Cheese recipe epicurious
Credit: Epicurious

Don’t be bitter! Although the base of this bitter greens salad is full of sharp flavors like raw radicchio and arugula, the warm flavors of hazelnuts and melted cheese beautifully contrast, giving this salad an impressive depth.

Raw and Roasted Radicchio Salad

Raw and Roasted Radicchio Salad with Sweet Potato, Manchego, and Crunchy Seeds
Credit: The Kitchn

This raw and roasted radicchio salad is a work of art. I don’t even care if it tastes good, which, trust me, it does. The way the bright orange of the carrots and vibrant green of the parsley look against a backdrop of white and purple radicchio is show-stopping.

Christmas Salad

A Christmas salad of winter greens & seasonal fruit
Credit: Yummly

Radicchio is one of my favorite winter vegetables, so naturally, I love incorporating it into holiday meals. This Christmas salad is perfect for holiday events with a festive, colorful look and tasty ingredients that will make everyone happy, like cranberries, apples, and bacon.

Easy Chopped Radicchio Salad

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This super simple chopped radicchio salad is an awesome, nutritious option for vegetarian, vegan, or keto diet. This salad’s base is raw radicchio and parsley, but its flavorful dressing with sweet and tangy accents is really why this salad excels.

Grilled Radicchio Recipes

One of the best ways to bring out radicchio’s flavor while dulling its bitterness is by grilling it. These creative recipes all incorporate delicious, grilled radicchio.

Grilled Radicchio Salad

Grilled Radicchio Salad
Credit: Simply Recipes

Who says salads have to be cold? You’ll love this great grilled radicchio salad. The crunch of the grilled radicchio paired with the salads mustard and balsamic-based dressing is phenomenal. Top it off with some shaved cheese to bring out this salad’s melty flavors.

Grilled Radicchio

grilled radicchio recipe allrecipes
Credit: Allrecipes

This extremely easy grilled radicchio recipe explains how to make perfectly grilled and seasoned radicchio. This slightly tangy, slightly spicy radicchio is super simple but so delicious. It makes an excellent, effortless side dish for barbecue meals.

Grilled Treviso Radicchio Salad with Hot Honey

Grilled Treviso Radicchio Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pistachios, and Hot Honey
Credit: Sunset

Rarely has there been a food trend that has captivated me more than hot honey. I love it on sandwiches, pizza, and even radicchio! This grilled treviso radicchio salad perfectly showcases hot honey’s heavenly potential, along with another savory, zesty, and spicy flavors.

Grilled Radicchio and Pear Salad

grilled radicchio and pear salad goop recipe
Credit: Goop

Grilled radicchio and pears may sound weird, but it’s a uniquely delicious combination. The sweetness of the pears comes out with grilling while the bitterness of the radicchio fades. Add some balsamic vinegar and thyme on top to tie the salad together.

Vegan Radicchio Recipes

If you are vegetarian or vegan, radicchio is a flavorful, nutrition-filled, and filling option for dishes. Below are some of the best vegan recipes that expertly utilize radicchio’s unique flavor profile.

Honeynut Squash with Radicchio and Miso

Honeynut Squash with Radicchio and Miso
Credit: Epicurious

What’s not to love about this honeynut squash with radicchio and miso recipe? While mildly challenging to make, this filling dish easily provides you with all the nutrients you crave after a long winter day. Sweetness, tanginess, and bitterness all collaborate in this comfort cuisine.

Corn Salad with Radicchio and Red Onion Recipe

corn salad with radicchio recipe the daily meal
Credit: The Daily Meal

The only thing easier than making this corn salad with radicchio and red onion recipe is devouring it. It’s super fresh taste derived from raw corn and sautéed red onions, radicchio, and basil is expertly emphasized with the simple red wine vinegar-based sauce.

Endive & Radicchio Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Endive Salad With Crispy Chickpeas [Vegan, Grain-Free]
Credit: One Green Planet
Vegans are no strangers to the flexibility and deep nutritional value of chickpeas. Here, oven-crisped garbanzo beans are tossed with a hearty salad of endive, radicchio, and other greens along with almonds, pomegranate arils and sliced apple with a honey-lemon mustard vinaigrette.

Meaty Radicchio Recipes

Radicchio flawlessly complements so many foods-including meats. These recipes perfectly pair refreshing radicchio and mouth-watering meats.

Seared Sweet Potatoes with Sausage and Radicchio

Seared Sweet Potatoes with Sausage and Radicchio
Credit: Epicurious

This superbly savory seared sweet potatoes with sausage and radicchio recipe is mouth-wateringly magnificent. Yes, it does take time and some culinary skills, but oh, is it worth it. The sweetness of the seared potatoes, the juicy savoriness of the sausage, and the decadence of the sautéed radicchio fuse flawlessly.

Tuscan Grilled Pork Ribs with Grilled Radicchio

tuscan grilled pork ribs with grilled radicchio recipe america's test kitchen
Credit: America’s Test Kitchen

This Tuscan grilled pork ribs with grilled radicchio video recipe will outline the best way to make juicy Tuscan grilled pork ribs and crunchy radicchio for visual learners. With minimal seasonings and no sauce, this recipe lets the pork ribs and radicchio speak for themselves.

Smoked Mackerel, Egg & Potato Salad

MACKEREL POTATO EGG SALAD best radicchio recipes alive magazine
Credit: Alive

If you are looking for a healthy meaty dish, you will love this smoked mackerel, radicchio, egg and potato salad recipe. Loaded with strong flavors, including but not calories, you’ll have no guilt while devouring this delicious dish.

Radicchio Salad with Roast Duck and Orange

Radicchio Salad with Roast Duck and Orange recipe yummly
Credit: Recipes Worth Repeating

Perfectly pairing bitter, sweet, and savory flavors, this radicchio salad with roast duck and orange is perfect for festive events and holiday meals. This dish pops with color and flavor, and although it does take a lot of work to prepare, it’s worth it.

Bottom Line

Radicchio tastes incredible with pasta, meat, cheese, fruit, and other delicious winter vegetables! The skies the limit when it comes to this nutrition-packed and flavor-packed leafy vegetable.

Let me know which radicchio recipe was your favorite in the comments. And remember, if you found this list inspiring, then be sure to share it!

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