Celebrate chicories with this collection of 27 Chicory Recipes! You’ll find delicious ways to use radicchio, escarole, frisée and Belgian endive, along with information on how to choose and store each, nutrition information and so much more!

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Every season provides its own unique bounty of seasonal produce, and I look forward to so many varieties during the winter months.

Chicories are some of my very favorite. I didn’t have much exposure to them prior to cooking school, but thankfully I gained plenty of experience with each variety there, and I quickly fell in love with all of them.

If you’re not familiar with them, they’re hardy lettuces that are bitter in flavor (some more so than others).

If bitterness isn’t your thing, this post will teach you how to tone down that flavor through the cooking process, or simply by pairing them with the right ingredients.

I use chicories daily this time of year, and I hope the collection of Chicory Recipes at the bottom of this post inspire you to use them a lot more often.

If you love produce, be sure to check out the following produce guides for inspiring recipes:

Chicories

FAQs

What is chicory?

Chicories (Cichorium intybus) are hardy leafy vegetables in the chicory family that is similar to lettuce. They’re crisp and colorful, and are generally in season from late fall to early spring.

They’ve been cultivated from the wild chicory plant, which is a perennial with purplish blue flowers. The flowers and leaves of the plant are completely edible, and they have been used for medicinal purposes.

The root of the chicory plant, or chicory root, has been cultivated for centuries in Europe to be used as a coffee substitute because of its bitter flavor.

What does chicory taste like?

Chicories have a bitter flavor (some varieties more so than others), so they’re great paired with fruits, cheeses, nuts, meats and so much more.

Chicory lettuce is great raw, sautéed, roasted, braised, grilled and more.

When cooked, the bitterness mellows and a slightly sweet flavor develops. Chicory lettuces including radicchio, endive, escarole and frisée

What are chicory benefits?

Chicory greens and lettuces have a wide variety of health benefits. They’re low in calories and carbohydrates, and are good sources of Vitamins A, B, C and K, as well as betacarotene, folic acid and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, iron and potassium.

Varieties of chicory lettuce

Varieties of chicory lettuce

Endive

There are two types of endive, Belgian and red. Belgian endive is pale yellow and white, while red endive is red and white. Both are small, compact and oblong in shape with crisp leaves.

Endive can be roasted, braised and grilled, the leaves can be stuffed and dipped, or it can be chopped and eaten raw in salads or sautéed.

Choosing and storing endive

Choose endive that is heavy in weight and free of discoloration, and store it in an open plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for up to one week.

You can also prep endive in advance and store it in an air tight container to use within 2-3 days.

Escarole

Escarole is a head of leafy greens that is similar in appearance to butter lettuce, but it has a bitter flavor.

It’s nice and sturdy, so it’s great eaten raw or used in sautés, soups, stews and pasta dishes.

Choosing and storing escarole

Choose escarole that is heavy and free of discoloration. Store it in the crisper drawer in an open plastic bag for 5-7 days, and be sure to wash it well before use as it can be quite gritty.

Once it’s prepped, escarole may be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

Frisée (curly endive)

Frisée is a variation of endive that is an open head of lettuce that’s bright green, pale yellow and white in color.

The sturdy leaves are crisp and curly, or frizzy in appearance, and it’s great in both raw and cooked applications.

Choosing and storing frisée

Choose frisée that is heavy in weight and free of discoloration. Store it in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator in an open plastic bag for 5-7 days.

Be sure to wash curly endive well before use as it’s very gritty. Once washed, blot dry and tear into pieces and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Radicchio

There are several varieties of radicchio, including chioggia, speckled, treviso and castelfranco.

Chioggia radicchio is the most common. It’s a small red and white head that resembles cabbage, but it’s much softer and it’s bitter in flavor.

Treviso radicchio is similar to chioggia but is larger in size, while speckled radicchio is speckled in appearance and is a cross between radicchio and escarole with more delicate leaves.

Castelfranco radicchio has creamy white leaves with magenta speckles and delicate tasting leaves.

Radicchio leaves are great stuffed like lettuce wraps, or chopped and eaten raw in salads. It’s also great sautéed, roasted, grilled and more!

Choosing and storing radicchio

Choose radicchio that’s heavy in weight and free of discoloration.

Radicchio may be stored in an open plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to one week.

To prep, remove outer leaves and separate leaves to use as lettuce wraps, or chop for other uses. Once prepped, store it in the refrigerator and use within 3-4 days.

Chicories (frisée, escarole, radicchio and endive

27+ Chicory Recipes

Salade Lyonnaise
Salade Lyonnaise is a classic French salad with poached egg and bacon, crisp frisée and a warm, tangy dressing. It's an elegant salad that's guaranteed to impress!
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Salade lyonnaise on a plate of frisée lettuce
Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Escarole and Beans
Penne pasta tossed with garlicky escarole, lean Italian chicken sausage, cannellini beans, crushed red pepper and grated cheese. I cannot even begin to describe how good this is! A winner with everyone in my home, even my picky kids. Easily made gluten free with gluten-free pasta, for those of you w…
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Roasted Radicchio Wedge Salad
This Roasted Radicchio Wedge Salad is a new take on a classic restaurant dish. Topped with balsamic glaze, walnuts, cheese and parsley.
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Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup is the perfect chicken soup for any occasion, not just weddings! Add your favorite small pasta for added deliciousness
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Roasted Fennel Salad with Apple and Radicchio
This roasted fennel salad is a bright, flavorful, nutty and nutritious cool weather recipe. It’s a perfect quick lunch, or colorful Thanksgiving side dish.
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Escarole and Bean Soup
Escarole and Bean Soup is hearty, flavorful and perfect for chilly winter days. It takes just a bit of prep and it cooks up in 20 minutes!
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Bowl of escarole and bean soup with spoon buried inside
Frisee Salad
This frisee salad is refreshing and sophisticated, pairing this frilly leafy green with orange, almonds and a zingy vinaigrette.
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Endives au Gratin with Ham and Cheese – Endive Gratin
Endives au gratin is a creamy casserole with crisp Belgian endives wrapped in ham and covered in a creamy white Gruyere cheese sauce.
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Zesty Tuna Lettuce Wraps
These tuna lettuce wraps are healthy & delicious. Made w/ tuna white bean salad, Green Goddess Dressing & sliced avocado in sturdy radicchio lettuce leaves. These simple lettuce cups are amazing!
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French Lentil Soup with Escarole
This lentil soup, with smoky bacon, Puy lentils, red wine, and escarole, is a hearty bowl that’s perfect for a chilly day. Serve with crusty bread or croutons.
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Horta Vrasta (Greek Boiled Leafy Greens) – Herbs & Flour
Boiled Leafy Greens or Horta Vrasta in Greek are a staple in Greek cuisine and a popular side dish. This simple to make recipe is served dressed with good olive oil and lemon juice for a healthy, nutritious dish.
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Italian Chopped Salad
Italian Chopped Salad is packed with salami, chickpeas, olives, parmesan, veggies and it's tossed in a zesty Italian dressing! It can be customized using what you have on hand and it's great for meal prep!
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Italian chopped salad in white bowl
Pasta with Escarole and Two Beans – The Vegan Atlas
This lovely dish of pasta with escarole and two beans showcases the compatibility of this classic Italian trio in a vegan dish.
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Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans
Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans are an easy, yet elegant appetizer that’s perfect for holiday entertaining!  {GF, Vegetarian}
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Endive salad bites on white platter with parsley
Farro Salad – Love and Lemons
This farro salad recipe is fresh, versatile, and delicious! It’s filled with chewy, nutty farro, arugula, apples, and a tangy vinaigrette.
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Perfectly Saute Radicchio to Mellow Its Sharp Flavor
Simply made with oil and sea salt, sauteeing is a great way to cook radicchio as it mellows the sharp flavor of this bright red chicory.
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Easy Crudités Platter
Learn how to assemble a beautiful crudités platter with my easy tips! It's a show stopping addition to parties, holidays and is guaranteed to impress!
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Crudites platter with hummus and dip
Grilled Radicchio with Fig Balsamic Syrup, Parmigiano, and Honey-Roasted Almonds
Simple grilled radicchio with fig balsamic syrup, parmigiano, and honey-roasted almonds. An easy vegetarian side dish for summer.
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Endive Salad Recipe
This endive salad recipe includes Roquefort, candied walnuts, grapes, and salad greens. An easy yet elegant recipe for entertaining.
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White Beans and Escarole Recipe
This Italian white beans and escarole recipe is a flavorful way to enjoy beans and greens. Serve it with bread or pasta for a hearty meal.
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Radicchio Endive Salad – with Fennel and Tangy Dijon Herb Dressing
This radicchio endive salad with fennel and a tangy dijon herb dressing is bright and refreshing. Enjoy with a lean protein for a healthy, balanced meal.
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Chopped Antipasto Salad
A hearty and flavorful chopped antipasto salad filled with quinoa, arugul, roasted bell peppers, salami and creamy gouda.
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Belgian Endive Salad | Gourmande in the Kitchen
Toasted walnuts and slices of crisp apples are paired with bitter endive in this light, lemony and refreshing Belgian endive salad.
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Italian Tricolore Salad
Italian Tricolore Salad is a delicious blend of arugula, radicchio, belgian endive and shaved parmesan cheese. It's tossed in a tangy red wine vinaigrette and it's so easy to make!
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Tricolore salad in a bowl with wooden servers
Sausage and Radicchio Pasta Recipe.
This authentic sausage and radicchio pasta recipe from Northern Italy has only 3 main ingredients and is super simple to make. Perfect for weeknights.
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Bar Tartine’s Chicory Salad with Anchovy Dressing
If you like Caesar salad with plenty of anchovies and garlic, then this is the salad for you! The dressing can be made ahead of time, and it flavors the bitter chicories and hearty radishes quite nicely. This is also a great make-ahead salad, as all the vegetables won’t wilt quickly and can actually benefit from sitting in the dressing a bit to mellow out.
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Radicchio Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Radicchio Salad with Avocado, Fennel and Orange is a winter salad bursting with sweet and savory flavor and tossed in a tangy citrus vinaigrette!
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Radicchio salad on a white plate with a fork

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