Peach, Basil & Radicchio Salad

Peach & Radicchio Salad /

So… it turns out that it actually is possible to have too much gelato. It’s also possible to have too much burrata, too much bread, and too much pasta… Normally, my matcha and kale-loving self would say that these truths are obvious – but when in Rome… well, you know the rest.

Peach & Radicchio Salad /

We created this post on the day of the vacation when I needed salad most. Not that it’s hard to find good salads in Rome, but we enjoyed spending our early evenings on this terrace of the Airbnb apartment where we were staying.

Earlier that morning, we picked up a few ingredients from Campo di Fiori. The radicchio looked especially gorgeous and the peaches were ripe and juicy. I chose things that would balance each other in the most minimal way possible because I didn’t have any sort of pantry ingredients or anything sharper than a butter knife.

Peach & Radicchio Salad /

This salad is SO simple but I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this combination before – slightly bitter radicchio is so delicious with sweet tomatoes and (even sweeter) peaches. The only requirement of this 5 ingredient salad is that your ingredients need to be perfect, even your olive oil. If your radicchio is overly bitter, sub in arugula or mix it with a lettuce that’s a little more mild.

Peach & Radicchio Salad /

This salad would also be fantastic with fresh mozzarella or burrata. Since I was burrata-ed out by this time I added just a little bit of shaved padano which added a nice rich salty bite (It’s similar to parmesan or pecorino). If you’re vegan, just skip it and add a sprinkle of sea salt.

Peach & Radicchio Salad /

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Peach, Basil & Radicchio Salad

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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 4 side salads
  • about 8 radicchio leaves, torn
  • handful of peak-season cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 peaches, pitted and sliced
  • big handful of fresh basil leaves
  • drizzle of good olive oil
  • shaved Grana Padano cheese (or parmesan, pecorino, burrata, or skip)
  • sea salt
  1. Combine all of the salad ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil, and a few pinches of salt. Serve with shaved Padano cheese.
  2. Serve with chilled wine and fresh crusty bread.
Tip: Taste your radicchio - if it's too bitter for you, try adding fresh mozzarella, burrata or a few dollops of pesto for balance.



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  1. cynthia from

    I am so in awe that you were able to create such a perfect salad while away from home — just like you said, it sounds like it all goes together in the most minimal yet wonderful way possible. It looks incredible, especially with that shaved padano as the cherry (tomato?) on top. So lovely, Jeanine!

  2. The terrace of that apartment looks divine!

  3. Wow! Looks absolutely fantastic! The freshest of ingredients really make the best of salads. What do you think about grilling the radicchio and peaches first?

    • jeanine

      I think that’s a fantastic idea! Yum!

  4. Oo! I absolutely love the addition of peaches to this salad! I’m sure it pairs perfectly with the crisp radicchio. Great photos too!

  5. Oh I LOVE this. Beautiful presentation and fabulous flavors! You read my mind when mentioned adding burrata to this dish. 🙂 I’m Sold.

  6. This is so gorgeous – absolutely screaming summer! And in Italy, with those vibrant fruits and veggies, on THAT terrace – **swoon** <3

  7. Karen from

    Thanks for the recipe, Jeanine! I love salad recipes, especially any that incorporate summer fruit. I will have to try this! I’m going to go pin it right away so I don’t forget.

  8. Karen from

    Thanks for the recipe, Jeanine! I love salad recipes, especially any that incorporate summer fruit. I will have to try this! I’m going to go pin it right away so I don’t forget.

  9. I would like to get to the point when I am burrata-ed out. But I do know what you mean. Sometimes the best part of a vacation is coming home. I love my kitchen and my bed best. This salad is such a perfect combination of flavors. I will definitely be trying this.

    • jeanine

      Ha, well it took a number of days that’s for sure!

  10. To be gelato-ed and burrata-ed out? I would have thought that impossible! In any case, this recipe looks delightful! I hope you’re having a lovely time in Italy!

    • jeanine

      Ha, I know, I didn’t think it was possible either but I have a way of overdoing things 🙂

  11. That looks amazing! And proves that the best simple ingredints give the most delicious results! We live in Germany and it’s very difficult for us to find flavourful produce… here everything tastes like plastic!

    • jeanine

      oh no! Ha, I hope you find some nice non-plastic produce 🙂

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