Chicory is available all year round but is particularly abundant from January to March in the UK. Also known as endive, these crisp, slightly bitter leaves are great in salads and make an excellent vehicle for dips. They are also delicious grilled, balancing the bitterness with nutty, earthy flavour.


Check out our easy chicory recipes, from quick roasted chicory to spiced chicory and easy salad recipes with chicory leaves. Then, try our kale recipes.

Want expert advice for growing your own crop? Learn how to grow your own chicory from our friends at Gardeners’ World.

Easy chicory recipes

Chicory with mixed pulses and grains

Chicory is in its prime from January to March, try it in our easy salad with lentils, borlotti beans and crunchy panko breadcrumbs. This recipe comes from Italian restaurant Bancone in Covent Garden. Check out our restaurant review and other recipes from Bancone here.

Chicory with Grain Salad Recipe

Chicory tart with dolcelatte

Make the most of chicory in this stunning dolcelatte tart with crunchy golden chicory. Our easy tart will make for an impressive veggie centrepiece at your next dinner with friends. The sweetness of the honey works well with the bitter edge of chicory. Plus, it's ready in under an hour and low-calorie. Discover more savoury tart and quiche recipes here.

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Grilled radicchio, blood orange, manchego and sour cherry molasses dressing

Sour cherry molasses impart a bright piquancy to this radicchio salad, balanced out by nutty slivers of manchego, toasted walnuts and aromatic basil leaves.

Grilled radicchio, blood orange, manchego and sour cherry molasses salad in bowls with dressing on the side

Pear, chicory and blue cheese salad

A supremely colourful winter salad that combines creamy blue cheese (ideally dolcelatte) with red onion, pears, red chicory, parsley and walnuts, plus a quick red wine vinegar dressing.

A colourful salad of blue cheese, chicory, red onion and pear, with wooden serving spoons to one side

Chicory gratin

Put chicory at the centre of this super cheesy gratin. Ready in just 20 minutes, make this simple French dish for a delicious comforting side recipe.

Chicory Gratin Recipe

Maple-glazed gammon recipe with roasted chicory and slaw

Bittersweet chicory is peak from January to March, roast it to go alongside this sweet gammon recipe. Serve it with a fresh slaw to cut through the salt. Many more ham and gammon recipes here.

Maple Glazed Gammon Recipe With Apple Slaw

Roasted red pepper and chicory recipe with capers and salami

Want to make the most of chicory while it's in season? Try our low calorie, sweet roasted red pepper dish with salty salami, crunchy chicory and caper berries – a great healthy midweek meal.

Roasted Red Pepper And Chicory Recipe With Caper Berries and Salami

Steak with balsamic beetroot and chicory

Make the most of chicory while it's in peak season. Cook up this steak with balsamic beets and chopped chicory for a quick and easy meal for one under 500 calories. Plus, it's paleo diet-friendly. Check out more of our healthy recipes here.

Steak Recipe with Chicory and Balsamic Beetroots

Grilled chicory risotto with walnuts

Liven up crunchy chicory in this creamy risotto recipe with walnuts. Make this quick and easy meal for a simple middle of the week dinner. More easy risotto recipes here.

Risotto Recipe with Grilled Chicory and Walnuts

Spiced glazed chicory

Want a simple side to go alongside your roasted duck or pheasant? Make the most of chicory in this recipe by caramelising then braising in orange – an easy side from January through to March.

Spiced Glazed Chicory Side Dish Recipe

Chicory braised with bacon, cider and garlic

This chicory braised in cider with golden bacon strips and garlic would be the perfect side to go with roast chicken and mash. The chicory takes on all the flavours of the smoked bacon and cider while cooking.

Braised Chicory with Bacon with Cider

Chicory with walnuts and gorgonzola

Make the most of seasonal ingredients with this chicory salad packed with various textures and flavours, ready in 10 minutes for an easy starter for one. Check out more of our best starter recipes here.

Chicory Recipe with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

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