Flavors of the Season: Radicchio

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

Ra-Who? Radicchio (pronounced ra-DIK-kio) is a member of the chicory family along with endive and escarole. Its red and white, slightly spicy and bitter leaves are loaded with vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin K. Plus, this leafy veg is extremely low in calories, so add it to any dish for a low-cal dose of crunch and flavor.*


When I first thought about Radicchio for this post, I started thinking - am I really going to be able to find recipes beyond the usual grilled Radicchio and salad recipes. I was pleasantly surprised. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of using Radicchio. From pasta to risotto to salad. Radicchio is very versatile.

I can't wait to try some of the recipes below. If you try any of them, please let me know what you thought. I'll get right back to you! Follow my blog on Bloglovin.


Spaghetti with Sauteed Radicchio and Onions from Kitchen Belleicious. This recipe is so simple and really takes no time to cook at all. It is light enough for post-holidays when you've felt like you've had enough rice food to eat. Serve with a side salad and a nice light white wine for a complete meal. Click here for the recipe.

spaghetti recipe

Radicchio Salad with Lentils and Roasted Acorn Squash by Naturally Ella. This is a healthy salad that can easily be a main dish given its richness from the lentils and squash. The Radicchio is chopped and used as part of the dish although not cooked. I would modify this recipe by cooking it so the flavors and textures are quite delightful! Click here for the recipe.

salad recipe

Prosciutto wrapped Radicchio with Balsamic Fig Reduction by Platings and Pairings. I am currently in love with figs! When I saw this recipe, I thought immediately I have to try it. And I did. It was so easy and so different! The flavor blend together so nicely. I highly recommend this recipe as a unique side dish. Click here for the recipe.


Grilled Radicchio Risotto with Bacon by Vibrant Plate. This recipe can easily be a main course since the risotto is so rich. Serve with a salad or maybe a side of steamed broccoli for a delicious meal. This could also be made vegan. Simply use a vegan bacon product. There are plenty of them available now and you'd be surprised how good they taste. Click here for the recipe (with bacon).


Farro with Radicchio and Chard by The Seasoned Vegetable. This is a hearty casserole that is perfect for a flextarian lifestyle. Vegetarian casseroles are easy to cook and leave plenty of left-overs for lunch. Simple serve this with a salad for dinner. Click here for the recipe.

farro recipe

I hope this Flavors of the Season post inspired you to try Radicchio in new ways. If you try any of the recipes, please let me know what you thought. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.

*SOURCE: Greatist The Best Fruits & Vegetables to eat this Winter. https://greatist.com/health/seasonal-winter-produce-guide

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