Bitter Greens Salad with Soppressata & Pecorino

This bitter green salad turns the bland lunch salad on its head with its Mediterranean flair. Quickly charring radicchio and toasting dried oregano adds complex flavor, and slightly spicy soppressata pairs especially well with the sweetness of marinated cherry peppers. Pecorino Romano has a tangier, saltier taste than Parmesan, so just a bit provides the salad with plenty of nutty, sharp flavor. This salad can easily be made into a main course or served as a substantial side dish.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 cups


  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 medium head radicchio (about 10 ounces), cut into 6 wedges

  • 4 cups lightly packed chopped bitter greens, such as escarole, mustard, arugula and/or watercress (4 ounces)

  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 ounces soppressata, diced (1/3 cup; see Tips)

  • 2 ounces chopped pickled sweet cherry peppers (1/3 cup), seeds removed

  • 2 ounces grated Pecorino Romano cheese (1/2 cup; see Tips)


  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add oregano and lightly toast, stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and add vinegar, garlic, honey and mustard. Whisk to combine. Slowly whisk in 3 tablespoons oil.

  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the pan over medium heat. Add radicchio and cook, flipping once, until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Coarsely chop, discarding the core.

  3. Add the radicchio, greens, tomatoes, soppressata and peppers to the bowl with the dressing and toss well to combine. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with Pecorino Romano.


Tips: Look for Pecorino Romano, an Italian sheep's milk cheese, that's been aged 8 months or more so it's firm enough to shave and has a more concentrated taste.

Soppressata is a slightly spicy, dry-cured Italian pork sausage. It has a more savory flavor than other types of salami thanks to larger pieces of fat. You can readily find it presliced at well-stocked grocery stores, but for the freshest flavor look for a whole one in its casing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
21g Fat
13g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Vitamin A 36IU 1%
Vitamin C 48mg 53%
Folate 95mcg 24%
Sodium 487mg 21%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 23mg 5%
Potassium 536mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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