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Italian Tricolore Salad

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Italian Tricolore Salad in a white bowl with italian bread on the side

A classic Italian dish. This Tricolore Salad is definitely one of my favorites. Tricolore refers to the three colors of lettuce: radicchio, arugula and endive.

It is a salad made of three bitter lettuces or chicories. Similar to my Radicchio Salad which consists of just the one lettuce (chicory), this bitter salad may be an acquired taste.

Classic Vinaigrette

Dressing the Tricolore Salad

The trick to balancing out the bitter lettuces is making a dressing that is slightly sweet and most importantly, robust enough to stand up to the lettuce. I use balsamic vinegar for sweetness, lemon for brightness and dijon mustard and garlic for spice along with olive oil, salt and pepper. This seems to do the trick. Then I add shavings of parmesan cheese to finish it off.

This simple salad is the perfect compliment to almost any other dish you happen to be serving. It is especially good with pasta – obviously!

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Italian Tricolore Salad

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  • Author: Lisa @ My Studio Kitchen
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A quick, easy salad.


  • 2 cups arugula, chopped if the leaves are large
  • 1/2 head radicchio, chopped
  • 1 endive, chopped


  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan, use a vegetable peeler to make long, thin strips


  1. Chop up lettuce and place in a large salad bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, add garlic, lemon and vinegar and whisk together, then drizzle the olive oil into the mixture continuing to whisk until emulsified.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour 2/3 of the dressing on salad, mix and taste. If you need more dressing, add now.
  5. Place salad on plates and finish with Parmesan.


If you can find wild arugula, it is even better!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chop & Mix
  • Cuisine: Italian



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