Radicchio Salad Recipe

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The red lettuce is extremely healthy. The bitter substances it contains stimulate digestion and support the liver, bile and intestinal flora.

The radicchio is a type of chicory, recognizable by its beautiful red color, it makes every salad a feast for the eyes.

This salad rounds off the evening and your guests will really enjoy it.

In the article I show you the right radicchio salad dressing and give you tips on exciting combinations with vegetables.

Good succeed.

1. Recipe Radicchio Salad

Below is my simple guide. This comes from my first cookbook “The minute cook – tastes faster”.

I wish you lots of fun preparing it and good luck. Please write questions and comments using the comment function at the bottom of the page.

You can find more tips about the wonderfully red salad in the further course of the article.

Radicchio Salad

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 780
Total Time 30 Min.
Preparation Time 15 Min.
Cook Time 0 Min.

Prepare simple instructions for salad with radicchio.

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Radicchio Salad Recipe Image ©Thomas Sixt Food Photographer
Radicchio Salad Recipe Image ©Thomas Sixt Food Photographer


1 Piece big potatoes
1/2 Piece glove of garlic
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp cold water
1 pinch majoram
3 pinches primal salt
1 tsp brown cane sugar
5 tbsp Olive oil
2 Piece radicchio
1 Piece aubergine (Alternatively a zucchini)
4 Pinches black ground pepper
3 tbsp Sunflower oil
80 g gorgonzola
2 tbs chopped walnuts


Fresh Potatoes
Predominantly waxy potato variety.

Prepare potatoes

Wash and peel potatoes.

Boiled potato cubes
Potato cubes cooked on a sieve.

Diced potatoes

Cut the potatoes into 1 cm cubes and cook in salted water until done, drain and set aside.

salad dressing
A fine dressing makes the salad delicious! Taste the dressing with sugar sweet and sour. © Food photographer Thomas Sixt

Salad Dressing

Prepare radicchio salad dressing:

-> Finely chop the garlic.

-> Put the vinegar and water in a bowl, add the spices, mustard and garlic and mix well with a whisk.

-> Then slowly pour in the olive oil, stirring constantly so that the vinegar and oil mix well.

Clean the radicchio lettuce
Clean the radicchio lettuce

Clean radicchio

Pick the radicchio into mouth-sized pieces and wash briefly in plenty of cold water.

Spin the radicchio lettuce dry
Spin the radicchio lettuce dry

Spin salad

Then dry the lettuce leaves with a cloth or in the salad spinner.

Grill zucchini
Fry zucchini in a grill pan

Prepare vegetables

Slice the aubergine and fry vigorously in a pan with the sunflower oil.

Alternatively, use a zucchini.

Turn the vegetables over, season with salt and pepper and set aside to serve.

Fresh Gorgonzola

Prepare gorgonzola

Break up the Gorgonzola cheese into small pieces with a spoon and set aside to serve.

Radicchio Salad Recipe Image ©Thomas Sixt Food Photographer
Radicchio Salad Recipe Image ©Thomas Sixt Food Photographer


Stir the salad dressing vigorously and marinate the prepared radicchio in it.

Remove with salad servers, drain briefly and arrange on plates.

Place the aubergine slices, diced potatoes and small pieces of gorgonzola over the salad and serve sprinkled with the walnuts.

Alternatively, you can briefly fry the potato cubes in a pan and put the cheese in the pan just before serving.

The cheese then gently melts and your radicchio salad becomes a warm appetizer .

2. Nutritional Values at a Glance

3. Tips for Your Radicchio Salad Dressing

I would like to start with the dressing for the radicchio salad :

The lettuce is bitter in taste and therefore tolerates a sweet dressing with brown cane sugar , honey or stevia .

My basic dressing is white vinegar , mustard , salt , sugar and pepper , and oil .

When it comes to mustard, Dijon mustard is the first choice, medium-hot mustard is OK, but doesn’t taste all that exciting.

3.1 Order of Ingredients, Important when Preparing the Dressing!

Here I am going to explain two variants of marinating salads to you today, interesting because the basic tips for marinating salads come across so vividly:

Radicchio salad tastes great with the right salad dressing
radicchio salad close up with beautiful blurs

3.2 Marinate the Radicchio Salad – the Grandma Variant

My grandmother didn’t have a salad spinner.

The lettuce was plucked into small pieces, washed clean several times in cold water, then placed on a colander.

With this variant, some water remains on the lettuce. If you were to use a dressing made with oil for marinating, the dressing would hardly stick to the lettuce leaves.

This is due to the surface tension of the water. If you don’t want to or can’t spin your lettuce dry, let the lettuce leaves drain well and marinate with a vinegar stand:

Vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper, when the leaves are well marinated add the oil and mix well.

Spin the radicchio lettuce dry
Spin the radicchio lettuce dry

3.3 Marinate Radicchio, the Professional Chef Variant

Professional chefs pluck the lettuce and quickly wash it in cold water.

The lettuce can then be used on a carousel in the salad spinner so that it dries well.

Dry lettuce goes well with a ready-made salad dressing made from vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard, sugar and oil.

This is because only the dry lettuce leaves will accept the salad dressing with oil.

I’ll show you how to wash lettuce elsewhere, be careful with lamb’s lettuce, it needs special treatment, and I’ll show how to wash lamb’s lettuce in a second article.

Marinate the salad: spinach leaves, apple wedges, radish julienne and celery in a bowl with salad dressing.
Marinate spinach salad with vegetables.

4. Tip for Preparing Radicchio Salad with Oranges

A very popular combination consists of radicchio salad and oranges. You can peel the oranges and cut them into small pieces or prepare really great orange fillets, I have a video for you about that:

4.1 Video Peeling Oranges for Filleting

4.2 Video Filleting Peeled Oranges

Today I combine the radicchio salad with diced potatoes and gorgonzola.

I like this combination, oranges or goji berries would also go well with it because it adds a sweet component.

Other radicchio salad ideas can be found below:

5. Variants and New Ideas for Radicchio Salad

To make it practical and clear for you, you will find a radicchio salad table below:

Radicchio with…DressingSpicesVegetablesOther
Balsamic DressingOld balsamic + olive oilSalt, pepper, little sugarTomatoes, fennel, oranges, olivesBread cubes as croutons, walnuts, cashews
Balsamic RahmdressingOld balsamic + creme fraiche + olive oilSalt, pepper, sugar, garlicZucchini steamed or fried, tomatoes, oranges, dried tomatoes, cucumber slices.Goat cheese or Chamembert baked or fried, walnuts
Joghurt dressingYogurt + white wine vinegar + lemon juice + little olive oil + linseed oilSalt, pepper, sugar, garlic, fresh garden herbsThinly sliced carrots, cucumber, fennel, olives, goji berries. feta cheese, bread croutons from white bread or wool grain bread, walnuts
Gorgonzola-DressingCream + white wine vinegar + gorgonzola + olive oil + walnut oilSalt, pepper, sugar, garlic, fresh garden herbsfried potato cubes, fennel, oranges, caramelized tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, beet…Garlic croutons or brown bread croutons, walnuts
Raspberry dressingRaspberry vinegar + walnut oil + olive oilMustard, salt, pepper, sugarcapers and red onions or scallions finely choppedHard boiled chicken eggs or waxy soft boiled quail eggs, nuts to taste.
White wine vinegar mustard dressingWhite wine vinegar + canola oil or sunflower oil or olive oilDijon mustard, salt, pepper, sugar, garlicPotato cubes deep fried or sweet potato from the ovenCheese cubes: Emmental, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella, …
Salad on the table, this salad with radicchio rounds off the evening!

6. More Ideas for Your Kitchen

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  • Hello Thomas,

    Thank you for the very appealing recipe and the many ideas.

    Your table with the variants is very helpful.

    I have made the salad several times now and it tastes excellent.

    Love greetings Cathleen


    • Hello Cathleen,

      Your message pleases me, thank you for the nice feedback.

      I hope you stay tuned and try other recipes from me.

      Greetings and continued success