5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Radicchio salad with creamy ranch, blue cheese, bacon, sweet onion, croutons. This delicious summer salad will be on repeat in your family too.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lunch, salad, side dish
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lena Gladstone
  • 2 heads medium radicchio heads
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/4 red onion, cut really thinly
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 3 thick slices sourdough bread, cut into cubes and toasted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for croutons
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup EASY HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING, recipe link below.
  1. Cut the radicchio into quarters, cut out the stem, then cut into thirds. In a large bowl or salad spinner, cover the radicchio with ice water, using your hands, massage it a bit before letting it stand for 15 minutes. Drain and dry well.

  2. Make your homemade ranch dressing. Grab my EASY HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING recipe here.

  3. Cut the bacon slices into 1/2 inch pieces. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add the bacon pieces and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the fat has rendered and bacon is starting to brown and it's nice and crisp. Approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Slice sourdough bread or your favorite bread into crouton sized pieces. Toss in olive oil and spread on baking sheet. Bake for 4-5 mins at 450 F, watch so they don't burn.

  5. Slice the red onion into really thin slices and set aside. Crumble the blue cheese.

  6. Assemble the Salad. In a large serving dish add the chopped radicchio, make sure it's nice and dry. Add the bacon, croutons and cheese. Drizzle the ranch over top, you may not use it all, so go easy, you can always add more. Toss the salad well.

Recipe Notes

Serve as a main dish for 2 people or a side for 4.