Radicchio Salad with Green Olives, Chickpeas, and Parmesan Recipe

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Chris Perkins Modified: March 21, 2022
Radicchio Salad with Green Olives, Chickpeas, and Parmesan Recipe

How To Make Radicchio Salad

This delicious and easy-to-assemble radicchio salad is tossed together with chickpeas, radicchio, green olives, and parmesan, for a tasty side dish!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • ¼cupsunflower seeds
  • 1large radicchio,(or 2 small heads)
  • 16ozgreen olives,(1 can), such as California ripe green olives, or 1⅓ cup dry olives, drained, rinsed, roughly chopped
  • 16ozchickpeas,(1 can), drained, rinsed
  • 1cupparmesan cheese,finely grated
  • 3tbspbalsamic vinegar
  • 4tbspolive oil
  • ¼tspsalt,plus more to taste
  • tspfresh ground black pepper,plus more to taste


  1. Add the sunflowers seeds to a small, dry skillet. Toast over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the seeds look toasted around the edges and smell fragrant.

  2. Transfer the seeds to a bowl to cool. Peel away and discard 1 to 2 layers of the outer leaves if they are looking wilted or battered.

  3. Cut the head of the radicchio into quarters through the root. Trim away the root. Cut each quarter crosswise into strips 1 to ½-inch thick. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  4. Add the chopped green olives, chickpeas, and ¾ cup of cheese to the bowl with the radicchio.

  5. Whisk together the vinaigrette of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour over the salad and toss gently until the ingredients are evenly coated.

  6. If the cheese clumps together, break it apart with a spatula, and stir in.

  7. Let the salad stand for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour. Taste a forkful of the salad and add additional salt and pepper, if needed. 

  8. Serve the salad on individual plates or 1 shared platter, then top with the remaining cheese and the toasted sunflower seeds. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • The sunflower seeds can be toasted several days in advance and kept in an airtight container at room temperature until needed.
  • This salad is best served within 1 hour of preparation, but leftovers are quite good for several days and make a great lunch salad. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • Calories: 596.23kcal
  • Fat: 32.60g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.40g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 18.38g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.61g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.19g
  • Fiber: 12.12g
  • Sugar: 10.09g
  • Protein: 25.92g
  • Cholesterol: 16.85mg
  • Sodium: 1543.20mg
  • Calcium: 384.61mg
  • Potassium: 695.07mg
  • Iron: 4.19mg
  • Vitamin A: 69.02µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.05mg
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