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Radicchio with Apple & Roasted Fennel

30 minutes prep
30 minutes active cooking
1 hour total

Makes 4 - 6 servings

Most of us only know radicchio as...

the round, reddish-purple, lettuce-like vegetable, usually grown in California. But local farmers grow several different varieties of this winter vegetable with Italian roots and an intriguing bitter flavor. The Pacific Northwest shares climate and latitude characteristics with northeastern Italy where radicchio thrives, and the colorful member of the chicory family offers the region’s eaters a better-tasting alternative to out of season lettuce grown farther south.

What you'll need


For the shopping list

1 head

Radicchio, chopped


Fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1/4 cup of

Walnuts, chopped


Apple, thinly sliced

1 Pomegranate or 1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds

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$12 - Napa - California

$14 - San Mateo - California

Pomegranate Syrup
Out of stock
3 tablespoons of Bettini Organic

$26 - Umbria - Italy

Bettini Organic

$125 - Olhão - Portugal

Flor De Sal


From the kitchen


Chef Knife


Cutting Board


Heavy Skillet

"While the Italians often cook their chicories, radicchio salads are more common around here.

Chefs use a few tricks to temper the bitter flavor. Cutting the leaves and soaking in ice water for at least 30 minutes is standard practice, but using sweet and rich ingredients also helps."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Soak the radicchio in a bowl of ice water for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2

Roast the fennel with olive oil and salt at 350F for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool

Step 3

Toast the walnuts in the oven with the fennel for about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Step 4

Stir together the vinegar and pomegranate molasses, then add the olive oil and mix well. Combine the radicchio, fennel, apple, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds, add the dressing, toss, and salt to taste.

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Sparkling Wine Vinegar

KatzNapa - California
Pomegranate Syrup

Pomegranate Syrup

Just DateSan Mateo - California
Out of stock
Bettini Organic
Olive Oil

Bettini Organic

BettiniUmbria - Italy
Flor De Sal
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Flor De Sal

NectonOlhão - Portugal

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