Thursday, April 12, 2012

Radicchio with Fennel and Apple Topped with Fresh Squeeze Orange

For a long time there eating anything raw and green was out of the question.  And that's hard for someone who LOVES salad!  But since starting medication and eating a (mostly at this time) SCD diet, I've had a very peaceful digestion (all you Cronies know what I'm talking about).  I've enjoyed indulging in salads again from the purples to the greens. However, it should be noted that radicchio is another name for chickory root, which is an illegal food.  So, please take caution when eating radicchio if you are on SCD, especially if you're having symptoms.  Wait until you're clear of symptoms to include this in your diet (and thank you to one of my readers for pointing this out to me!  You are awesome).  

This recipe fit the bill on a cold and rainy Tuesday.  The warm fennel and apples were savory and cozy, wilting the radicchio just enough, with buttery toasted walnuts, a burst of tart from the cranberries and a splash of fresh orange juice.  Love.  I ate two HUGE bowls for lunch and more with dinner (added in some SCD legal chicken apple sausage).  
Call me a salad eaten' girl again! 

-I head of radicchio, cored, sliced and washed  
-2 navel oranges
-3 fennel bulbs, sliced
-2 large red apples, peeled and sliced (I used Fuji)
-1 cup walnuts
-1 cup dried cranberries (sugar free and sulfur free)
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-Oil of choice 
Serves 4 

How To
1.  In a large sauté skillet, add a drizzle of oil, salt, and fennel and sauté on med heat for about 5 minutes, or until slightly tender.  Add apples and walnuts and continue to sauté on med/low until apples are just tender.  Remove from heat.
2.  Build your salad.  
3.  To a plate, add a few handfuls of radicchio.  Top with warm fennel and apple sauté, cranberries, and serve with 1/2 an orange.  Use the orange as the "dressing."   

Shared on: Just Another Meatless Monday, Melt in your Mouth Mondays, Monday Mania, Ruth's Real Food 101 (Mondays), Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays, Tuesday Kids in the Kitchen, Whole Food Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Wellness Weekend , Friday Food, Feed Your Soul Friday , Potluck Party Friday, Summer Salad Sundays,  Friday Foodie Fix, 


  1. Apples and Walnuts are lovely in a warm salad, love them! Radicchio and fennel will just compliment the sweetness of the apples perfectly! Such a lovely lunch!

    1. Oh I so agree Vicky! Thank you.

  • ella@lifeologiaApril 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Saying hello from Vicky's blog! This recipe looks so good - glad to have found you ;)
    Would love it if you stopped by my Potluck Party:

    1. Hello Ella.

      I'm on my way over to your potluck party right now...


  • Matt @ FaveHealthyRecipesApril 16, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    This recipe look great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package:

  • Oh I love lots of "stuff" in my salads. And all the colors in this one are beautiful!

  • Love the pic, lots of healthy things in this salad.

  • Kelli Becton-AdventurezInChildRearingApril 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    thanks for linking with KiK - so happy to have you!

  • sophiesfoodiefilesApril 26, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    A divine & tasty good-for-you salad! I love the classic combo of fennel & orange a lot! I love raddichio too! :) Yum Yum Yum!

  • Debbie @ Easy Natural FoodJune 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Yum yum! I love how you semi-cook the apple and fennel first, it makes it look even more mouthwatering! I haven't tried much fennel before, but this looks like a great way to eat it! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon!

  • This looks like a delicious recipe, and your pictures are great, but I had a terrible flare-up from radicchio. It took me a while to figure out what the problem was - I didn't see radicchio listed either way on the SCD legal/illegal lists I check, and I very mistakenly assumed it was a kind of lettuce, so therefore, legal. However, radicchio is chicory (I never knew this!), and as such, it's on the SCD-illegal list. It's really awesome that you've progressed so much on SCD that you digested this with no problems, but since it's listed as an SCD-friendly recipe, I thought I'd mention that radicchio is not very friendly to those in the early stages of the diet. I was on the diet for a few months without problems.

    1. You are so awesome for this note! Thank you. I've changed the title to be more accurate and put a note in the post about radicchio. Thanks so much!!!

      Be Well,



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