Radicchio Salad with Endives, Orange, and Walnuts
3.13 from 8 votes

radicchio salad with endive orange walnuts

I’m having a love affair with citrus this winter. I’ve been putting orange and grapefruit juice in my vinaigrettes, orange sections in nearly all of my salads, and lemon zest onto roasted and steamed vegetables. Nothing adds freshness to food quite the way citrus does: it’s lively without being overpowering.

Orange is one of the stars of this easy, elegant radicchio and endive salad, but the other flavors are equally important. Radicchio and endive lend bitterness, which is balanced by the, fruity sweet vinaigrette. Toasted walnuts add crunch and depth (as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants). If you’re hoping to liven up your salads in this new year, this is a good place to start.

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3.13 from 8 votes

Radicchio Salad with Endives, Orange, and Walnuts

Author - Gena Hamshaw


  • 3 heaping cups radicchio sliced thinly
  • 3 heaping cups endive chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups orange peeled and segmented into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive or walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange or grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • Black pepper to taste


  • 1. Combine the radicchio, endive, orange, and walnuts in a large mixing bowl.
  • 2. Whisk together the oil, juices, syrup, sea salt, and black pepper. Toss dressing with salad and mix well. Serve.

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As a meal, this salad would be a little low in the protein/complex carb department. So, I’d serve it with some legumes, a whole grain, some cubed root vegetables, and/or some tempeh cubes. It’s also a perfect side dish or appetizer as is. For more ideas on how to serve, you should tune in for tomorrow’s post!

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For tonight, all, enjoy.


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Categories: Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Raw, Soy Free, Vegan

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  1. LOVE the return of “balance your plate” – I find it sooo helpful so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow! Also. This reminds me I need to make your AMAZING walnut-orange dressing from last year! xx

  2. Perfect. I have Cara Cara oranges and Kabocha squash at home. Was wanting to do a walnut-citrus salad soon too, and i really never eat radicchio and endive. I’ll be picking them up tonight. Thanks!

      • It was indeed. Gone in less than a day. Making again tonight. I actually ate it so fast I never got round to roasting the squash. I did not know that endive and radicchio were good in any way other than ‘accent flavor’. This is maybe a weird oversight for somebody who works in a Whole Foods produce department?? Anyway, now I know that endive has a delightful delicate crunch, like a tiny romaine head.

  3. I’m generally not a huge fan of fruit in my salad, but this looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it…

  4. I made an almost identical salad for new years eve! Sometimes I think we’re food twinsies.

  5. I feel like I’m in a constant struggle to eat salads with something other than mixed greens and kale, so this is a welcome addition, especially for the winter. I love the radicchio bitterness. It is almost warming.

  6. I’ve found that blending up citrus in dressings like this is a good way to sneak in some fruit to your families meals sometimes as well as tasting awesome. I speak from experience cause my husband would rather go hungry than eat a piece of fresh fruit most days ;( Gotta be sneaky!
    I adore citrus dressing like this and I’ve been using oranges on my salads for some time. Love the walnuts with citrus as well. I haven’t used endive enough though. Looks like another perfect recipe from you to me Gena.

    • Angela, if sneaky works, then it works! I’m so glad you like the salad 🙂 We do tend to have such similar tastes!

  7. I was just asking around yesterday for ideas to help change up my salads. Perfect timing with this recipe! I also love your suggestion to top roasted vegetables with lemon zest. Why have I not tried that?!
    P.S. With regard to your recent posts about finding balance with life/blogging, I wanted to let you know that I’m always so impressed with your ability to manage it all AND consistently produce the level of quality (and quantity of) content that you do. You are one super productive lady. xo

    • Aww, Amanda, that means a lot to me. I try to be productive! (Though I should probably sleep more ;-)) Thanks for saying it, and I’m so happy that my blog is consistently helpful/enjoyable to you.