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Roasted Radicchio with Grapes

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You will love this blend of bitter radicchio and sweet grapes, roasted to perfection in this roasted radicchio with grapes salad. The crisp frisée and the tangy dressing elevate the experience, making it a feast for all the senses.

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If you are tired of your traditional side dish menu and need some new recipes to shake things up, this roasted radicchio with grapes dish is perfect for you!

It looks beautiful with the bright purple color palette of the radicchio and also has great flavor balance. The bitter, sweet, tangy, balance all comes together when roasting.

And the best part is, it comes together in just 20 minutes. Including roasting time! 

You can serve this beautiful dish with very little effort that gives great flavor and color to your table in no time.

And the best part is you can serve it family style or in a small bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the frisee to finish off the presentation.

Get as fancy or as simple as you want for an easy weeknight dish or on your easter and christmas menus. This oven roasted radicchio with grapes is sure to make an impact on your table.

All ingredients laid out on counter, ready to make Roasted Radicchio and Grapes

What is Radicchio?

Radicchio is a leafy vegetable that is part of the chicory family. It is known for the rich hues of the radicchio leaves that are used to add color and flavor to many dishes. It looks like a dark purple Belgian endive in the stores.

What Does Radicchio Taste Like?

Radicchio tastes like more bitter red cabbage. It has a bold, slightly bitter flavor that mellows and almost sweetens when roasting radicchio. 

None of those descriptions are perfect because it really only tastes like radicchio. But its flavor goes really well in salads with salty and tangy notes.

grapes and radicchio roasted and ready to serve

What ingredients are in Roasted Radicchio with Grapes?

  • Radicchio: the star of the dish with great vibrant color and a bitterness to balance the sweetness of the roasted grapes.
  • Grapes: I use a green grape for a sweet, juicy contrast to the radicchio salad
  • Frisée: this is optional, but it makes a beautiful bed of greens to serve this on
  • Fresh Thyme: used in the dressing and as a garnish for an aromatic touch.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: the tangy vinegar base of the dressing
  • Dijon Mustard: adds a perfect amount of kick and acidity to the dressing
  • Honey: a drizzle of honey makes the dressing sweet to balance the acidity of the vinegar and mustard.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: used to add richness to the dressing and to roast the grapes and radicchio
Honey Thyme Dressing

How to Make Roasted Radicchio with Grapes:

  1. Toss radicchio quarters in a large bowl with olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper.
  2. Roast radicchio on parchment-lined sheet pans; flip and roast until soft.
  3. Toss grapes in oil and a pinch of salt then add to the roasting tray.
  4. Roast until grapes are soft, adjusting time based on grape size.
  5. Combine vinegar, mustard, honey, thyme, and olive oil and whisk or shake in a glass jar until emulsified.
  6. Place main ingredients on the frisée, drizzle with dressing.

Pro Tips:

  • Use separate baking sheets for radicchio and grapes if you are worried about how long each will take to cook. You can adjust roasting times easier when they are on different pans.
  • Make sure a cut side of radicchio faces the baking sheet to give it a beautiful caramelized surface after roasting.

Is Roasted Radicchio with Grapes a Side Dish or an Appetizer?

Roasted grapes with radicchio is both a simple side dish and a delightful appetizer. It is easily made to fit any occasion.

Honey Thyme Dressing being poured over salad

Why Should I Roast Grapes?

Roasting grapes makes their sweetness more intense and adds a caramelized depth. Basically it makes them more like jam grapes, but without the added sugars.

When you make their flavors more intense from roasting, they complement the bitter notes of radicchio in this roasted radicchio salad.

Is Roasted Radicchio with Grapes Healthy?

Yes, radicchio with grapes is very healthy! Packed with antioxidants, this is a healthy choice.

Not only is it healthy, but this is also naturally gluten free, making it a great dish to serve your friends with dietary restrictions.

Also radicchio is a great keto friendly dish. Your keto friends will likely skip the grapes since those are a high carb fruit, but roasted radicchio is a great choice.

Radicchio and Grape salad on platter ready to be served

What to Serve with Roasted Radicchio with Grapes:

Serve roasted radicchio and grapes with grilled chicken or salmon and another simple side dish like these Easy Dinner Rolls. Or serve it by itself with this Broccoli Cheese Stuffing Casserole to give you a complete meal.

Try it with one of these ready in 30 minute dinners like Meatball Grinder or Chicken Noodle Soup.

How to Store Leftover Roasted Radicchio with Grapes:

Store leftover radicchio and grapes in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to two days.

If you are planning to have extras, do not put the dressing on until right before serving. Much like a salad, this will last longer if the dressing is stored separately.

Pro Tip: The texture will change as you reheat it. For best results, reheat in the oven to give it as close a fresh roasted texture as possible.

side view of salad on plate

Can You Freeze Roasted Radicchio with Grapes?

No, you cannot freeze roasted radicchio with grapes and have it thaw as the same dish. While you can freeze anything, this will not come out as crisp or as perfectly caramelized as cooking this dish fresh.

For best results, only make as much as you can eat in one sitting.

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Whether you need something a little different or are always looking for 10-15 minutes of work side dishes, this roasted radicchio with grapes is a perfect dish for any celebration of the season.

Yield: 6 Servings

Roasted Radicchio with Grapes

zoomed out image of roasted grapes and radicchio salad on platter

You will love the fusion of bitter radicchio and sweet grapes in this easy side dish - Perfect for a fancy dinner party or with comfort food.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. Place radicchio on one baking sheet and grapes on another.
  3. Toss them both with 2 Tablespoons olive oil each
  4. Salt and pepper the grapes and radicchio.
  5. With the radicchio, make sure a cut side is down facing the baking sheet.
  6. Roast radicchio for 5 minutes.
  7. Keep radicchio in the oven and add grapes to the oven.
  8. Roast together for 5 minutes.
  9. Flip radicchio wedges.
  10. Roast until radicchio is soft and grapes are close to bursting, approximately another 10 minutes.

For the Dressing

  1. Add vinegar and thyme to the mixing bowl. Whisk well.
  2. Add Dijon mustard and honey. Mix well.
  3. When completely combined, whisk in oil in a steady stream until it emulsifies.
  4. Serve radicchio and grapes on a bed of frisée with dressing on the side.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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Lynn

Monday 15th of January 2024

I've never prepared radicchio before, but this was simple to follow! Thanks!

Kathleen

Saturday 13th of January 2024

Okay, who knew that this would have such fantastic taste!! I brought it for a dinner party where we all bring something we haven't tried before, needless to say, this was a HUGE hit!

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