Chicory with Grain Salad Recipe

Chicory with mixed pulses and grains

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Check out this chicory salad with lentils, borlotti beans and crunchy panko breadcrumbs. This easy recipe comes from Italian restaurant Bancone in Covent Garden



  • borlotti beans 400g tin
  • cherry tomatoes a handful
  • light olive oil 100ml, plus extra for frying
  • white wine vinegar 250ml
  • caster sugar 250g
  • red onions 2, sliced into 1cm rings
  • anchovy fillets in olive oil 4
  • panko breadcrumbs 50g
  • chicory 2 heads, halved
  • cooked puy lentils 100g
  • cooked spelt 100g
  • cooked risina or cannellini beans 50g
  • lemon ½, juiced


  • Step 1

    Tip the borlotti beans and their juice into a pan with the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Blitz in a blender or food processor, adding the olive oil while it’s blending. When it’s completely smooth, season and put aside to cool.

  • Step 2

    Put the white wine vinegar and sugar into a pan with the onion rings, and cook gently for 10 minutes or until they turn really soft. Remove with a slotted spoon and set to one side.

  • Step 3

    In a non-stick frying pan, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and gently cook the anchovy fillets (use the back of a wooden spoon to break them down), add the breadcrumbs and keep them moving until they are golden brown. Tip on to kitchen paper.

  • Step 4

    Heat a griddle pan to hot, then brush the flat side of each 1/2 of chicory with olive oil. Chargrill for 2-3 minutes or until marked.

  • Step 5

    Using the back of a metal spoon, smooth a circle of borlotti purée onto two plates, then divide over the onions and the lentils, spelt and beans. Add the chicory with more olive oil, lemon juice and salt, then scatter the breadcrumbs over the top of each plate to serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 708
  • Fat 27.1g
  • Saturates 4g
  • Carbs 98.1g
  • Sugars 68.6g
  • Fibre 10.2g
  • Protein 12.8g
  • Salt 0.8g