1 year ago

Jimmy’s Radicchio Salad

My buddy Jim – he’s kind, he’s smart and he’s one heck of a good guy. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly like him any more, he made me his family’s radicchio salad.

Radicchio is a leaf vegetable with white veins.  It has a bitter taste, but becomes more mellow in the fall.  Jim’s family grew radicchio and onions in their garden – which is why it became their family go-to salad. YAY for us!  Before we get started, I must point out that the olives and peperoncini’s are optional (just in case you feel about olives, how I feel about raisins – eww. Actually, more like EWW!)


  • One head of radicchio
  • One quarter of a small to medium sized sweet onion
  • 5 garlic stuffed olives (optional)
  • 2 seeded peperoncini peppers (optional)
  • 3:1 ratio of – Olive oil : WHITE vinegar
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste (but don’t be too shy with the S&P)

Make it:

  1. Peel the leaves off of the core (the core is inedible), and chop them in such a way that you have some of the red and white on each piece.  The red is bitter, and the white is more sweet. This ensures consistency in each delicious bite.
  2. Chop the onion and olives into thin slices.
  3. Seed, and chop (very finely) the peperoncini.
  4. Mix all the above in a bowl.
  5. In a seperate dish, mix 3 parts olive oil and 1 part white vinegar (I used 3 tbsp to 1 tbsp). Add to salad.
  6. Add Salt and pepper right on top, and toss together.

I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking that if you omit the olives and peppers, it’s just a radicchio and onion salad. Yes, it is – but the radicchio is flavorful enough, along with the vinaigrette, salt and fresh pepper…yum. It’s now my go-to salad!

Here’s the thing, this salad breaks a few of my ‘rules’.  If a salad has too much dressing, it’s gross.  I can’t eat it.  This salad is more forgiving in that way; I actually prefer it a little heavier on the dressing, than I normally would.  The other twist (for my palette) is the salt factor.  I don’t usually add salt to my food – but this tastes amazing with a good extra shake of the ol’ sodium. It’s almost slaw-ish, and it’s ALWAYS delish-ish. It’s redicchiolously good.

This radicchio salad doesn’t only taste great, it’s simple and pretty too. Jim’s salad with some buttered baquette, would make a lovely summer meal.

Make it. Eat it. Tell somebody about it! If you see my buddy Jimmy on the street, he can be a little shy, so don’t hug him, because trust me, you’re going to want to.

xo jo

P.S. Hey lettuce – if you have a baby and give it a radicchiolous name… don’t be surprised when people make fun of it.


Edited by Sarah Kistler

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