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Charred Radicchio and Chickpea Salad – Delicious & Easy

Charred Radicchio and Chickpea Salad

A great warming salad, best served whilst the radicchio is still warm from the griddle.The intense bitterness of the deep pink leaves is softened and sweetened by a blast on the griddle or under the grill.

Serves 4 as a main with toasted ciabatta

Recipe devised to celebrate United Nations International Year of Pulses 2016, created by Jenny Chandler.


Charred Radicchio and Chickpea Salad

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Charred Radicchio and Chickpea Salad


Ingredients for  Charred Radicchio and Chickpea Salad

6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

500 g home cooked chickpeas or 2 x 400 g can of chickpeas, drained

2 tbsp. olive oil for brushing

2 small heads of radicchio

A handful of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Juice and zest of 1/2 – 1 lemon (to taste)

Salt and pepper

100 g Parmesan cheese, grated

75 g roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped.


Preparation Method for  Charred Radicchio and Chickpea Salad

Gently warm the olive oil with the garlic in a medium saucepan.  Once you begin to smell the garlic, tip in the chickpeas, switch off the heat and leave the flavours to infuse.

Heat up your grill or griddle. Cut the radicchio into quarters or sixths depending on the shape and size, keeping each section held together by the core at the base. Brush with olive oil and grill for about 6-8 minutes until beginning to brown and crisp. Alternatively, if you are using a griddle pan, place the oiled radicchio onto the searing hot griddle and turn after about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile add the parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper, parmesan and hazelnuts to the chickpeas. Stir and taste. The seasoning should be really assertive with plenty of black pepper and lemony acidity.

Serve the chickpeas topped with the radicchio and eat whilst still warm.


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1 Comment

  1. May 4, 2016 / 11:57 am

    I’m not sure about bitter leaves, but I love chickpeas so will have to give this a try!

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