Radicchio & Orange Salad

This is one of my go-to salads for winter. Two in-season ingredients as the base for a sweet and bitter contrast and herbs and whatever else you have on hand (a sprinkle of cheese) to add to it. Sometimes if I want it extra crunchy, I’ll shave some fennel bulb and use the fronds for the dressing too.

It goes perfectly alongside a rich pasta like my lamb ragu pappardelle or a great simple salad to make if you’re heading to a dinner party and your friend asks you to ‘bring over a salad’.

If you’re making this for your own dinner party, I prep everything separately before hand (wash and dry radicchio, cut orange, make dressing) and then assemble it just before serving.


  • 1 small radicchio, washed, dried and bigger leaves torn in half
  • 1 orange, skin removed and cut into small slices
  • A few sprigs of dill and chives, finely chopped. You could also use basil, parsley, even fennel fronds in place of these herbs based on what you have on hand.

  • 1.5-2 tbsp of good olive oil
  • 1 tsp of mustard. I used a tarragon flavoured mustard
  • Good pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • Dash of white wine vinegar
  • Zest of the above orange (do this before you slice the orange)
  • Juice from a few slices of orange above

  1. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together until emulsified and season to taste. It should taste a little sweeter than a normal vinegarette because of the orange, which will contrast the bitterness of the radicchio. If you want it more tangy, add more vinegar.
  2. Place half of the chopped dill and chives into the dressing and mix to combine.
  3. Scatter the radicchio onto a platter.
  4. Scatter the orange pieces over the radicchio so there’s a few pieces in each leaf.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the radicchio and orange or toss all the ingredients in a bowl so they can become friends. Whatever way you prefer to dress a salad.
  6. Garnish with the remaining herbs on top.
  7. Serve alongside your wintry main. I like serving this salad with a rich pasta like my Lamb Ragu Pappardelle and some focaccia and a winter menu.

Watch the process


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