Stunningly purple, roasted radicchio with balsamic vinegar and pine nuts is a delicious side dish that goes well with many different meals. Suitable for vegans.
What is radicchio?
Radicchio is a leaf vegetable with pink or red leaves. Its colour deepens when roasted. Radicchio has a bitter taste – this becomes less intense during the roasting process.
How to cook radicchio
Radicchio can be eaten raw as part of a salad. However, its leaves can be bitter. Cooking your radicchio reduces the bitterness.
In this simple recipe the radicchio is cut into wedges. I’ve suggested eight but if your radicchio is tiny you might go for four or six wedges instead. It’s then drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and roasted.
Pine nuts and fresh parsley are the finishing touches.
If you don’t want to roast your radicchio you could sauté it instead. I love to fry it with miso paste – it really tastes incredible. Simply shred your radicchio, discarding the thick white core. Heat a little oil in a frying pan, add 1 tbsp miso and chuck in the radicchio leaves, stirring often.
What to serve with roasted radicchio
This radicchio dish is a wonderful side dish. You might like to enjoy it as part of the following meals:
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How to make balsamic roasted radicchio
- 1 radicchio
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- pinch sea salt
- 50 g pine nuts
- small handful flat leaf parsley chopped
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6.
- Cut your radicchio into eight segments and place on a non-stick baking tray.
- In a small bowl or jug beat together 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sea salt. Drizzle over the radicchio and toss gently to coat in the oil.
- Roast in the oven for 10 mins.
- Turn over and add 50g pine nuts. Roast for a further 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, stir through a small handful of chopped parsley and serve.
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