Roasted Apple and Radicchio Salad

roasted apple and radicchio salad in a bowl

Roasted Apple and Radicchio Salad with Meyer Lemon Horseradish Dressing is the “it” salad of the season, and a show stopper for Thanksgiving. It’s naturally gluten free, low carb, paleo, keto and whole 30 friendly, plus it can easily be vegan, so everyone can enjoy!

roasted apple and radicchio salad in a wooden bowl on a grey table

It’s always nice to have a new and unexpected salad to brighten up fall and winter menus. This one would be so pretty on a Thanksgiving table, and it’s a good holiday choice because it accommodates so many alternative diets. Between now and the holiday season I’d use it as part of a simple soup and salad supper, or on a buffet sideboard with an assortment of cheeses and breads.

making a roasted apple and radicchio salad

Ingredients for this roasted apple and radicchio salad

This salad is complex and sophisticated, but not above getting a sweet hit from the apples and an irresistibly salty crunch from bacon.

  • apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  • bacon (thick cut)
  • radicchio
  • fennel
  • inner celery stalks
  • watercress (sub parsley)
  • fennel seed
  • Meyer lemon
  • creamed horseradish
  • olive oil
meyer lemon and horseradish dressing

The Meyer lemon and horseradish dressing is tart and zesty, as you’d imagine it would be. It’s a new combination for me, and one I’m sure I’ll return to. If you can’t find Meyer lemons (they’re in season!) then use regular lemons.

What are Meyer lemons?

  • Meyer lemons are a hybrid citrus fruit native to China.
  • They have thinner skins than regular lemons, and a sweeter, more mellow flavor.
  • They yield lots of juice and are super delicious.
  • Look for them with the other citrus fruits at your supermarket, they’re in season all winter.
roasting apples and bacon

Any apple variety will work here, but I do like to choose a crunchy variety that won’t get mushy in the oven, and one that has a red skin, for the visual effect. I used Honeycrisp. I’m partial to the way it keeps its crunch, and it’s such a classically pretty apple, too. I’ve baked it into cake and shredded it for slaw, and it always performs beautifully.

roasted apple and radicchio salad in a bowl with dressing

Fall is a wonderful time to rediscover salads, after the initial burst of comfort food there’s always a point where I start to crave something fresh and crisp again. I’ve got a good selection of fall salads on the blog, here are a few of my top choices~

roasted apple and radicchio salad in a bowl
4.67 from 9 votes

Roasted Apple and Radicchio Salad

Roasted Apple and Radicchio Salad with Meyer Lemon Horseradish Dressing is the "it" salad of the season, it will be a show stopper at Thanksgiving!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 345kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 small head of radicchio, or half of a larger head
  • 3 small inner stalks of celery, with leaves
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 1 handful watercress
  • fresh cracked black pepper


  • 1 Meyer lemon
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp creamed horseradish
  • pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Arrange the bacon on a baking sheet and bake until starting to get crisp. Cut the apples into thin wedges and add to the pan, tossing in some of the bacon grease. Scatter the fennel seeds on the pan as well. Roast until the bacon is crisp and the apples have started to soften and caramelize. Let cool slightly.
  • Core the radicchio and cut it into thin wedges or slices, making sure none of the pieces are too big. Core and thinly slice the fennel, and slice the celery on an angle. Put all the veggies, along with the watercress, into a wooden salad bowl. Season with pepper.
  • Put the dressing ingredients in a jar and use an immersion blender to emulsify. Taste to adjust any of the flavors. Lightly dress the salad.
  • Give the bacon a rough crumble, and add to the salad, along with the apples. If a little bacon grease comes along with, that's not necessisarily a bad thing 😉 Drizzle with more dressing, and serve.

Cook’s notes

Feel free to double the dressing if you like your salads heavy on the dressing.  The extra won’t go to waste, I promise!
Recipe adapted from The Guardian


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.35g | Protein: 5.76g | Fat: 28.65g | Saturated Fat: 6.76g | Cholesterol: 23.76mg | Sodium: 294.28mg | Potassium: 488.84mg | Fiber: 4.58g | Sugar: 10.01g | Vitamin A: 275.55IU | Vitamin C: 12.13mg | Calcium: 49.11mg | Iron: 0.87mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make this apple and radicchio salad your own ~

  • Make it vegan by omitting the bacon and adding roasted pecans. Use a dairy free prepared horseradish.
  • Add some crumbled blue cheese, or shaved Parm.
  • Substitute parsley for the watercress if you can’t find it.
  • Other fall fruits like pear, fresh figs, or persimmon would work instead of apples.
  • If radicchio is too bitter for you, you might try endive.
roasted apple and radicchio salad pin

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  • Reply
    Jennifer McCleary
    September 6, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Question as I would like to try this recipe: I don’t have horseradish in my home. Might you have a suggestion for a substitute ingredient? Thank you!

    • Reply
      September 6, 2020 at 8:55 am

      An easy substitute might be a grainy Dijon mustard.

  • Reply
    October 29, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Sue, you always make the best salads! Love the dressing, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Hey I wanted to let you know you still can enter in our giveaway! For Phantom Chef Cookware. It’s ends in one hour today! Stop by and enter a chance to win!

  • Reply
    Nancy Shaw
    October 29, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Hi Sue, going to try this for sure. Always looking for a new take on homemade salad dressing. I have Prepared Horseradish. Can you tell me the difference between prepared and creamed? And if I used prepared, how would that affect the dressing. Thanks for all that you do here.

    • Reply
      October 29, 2019 at 11:34 am

      Hey Nancy ~ it really depends on your brand. I used Stonewall Kitchen’s and they call it Horseradish Cream Sauce. other brands might call theirs ‘cream style’, or ‘prepared’. Any will work,

  • Reply
    October 29, 2019 at 10:05 am

    5 stars
    This was really amazing!! I love the combination of flavors!

  • Reply
    October 29, 2019 at 9:57 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely gorgeous salad, especially for Fall. Perfect for lunches and dinners!

  • Reply
    October 29, 2019 at 9:32 am

    5 stars
    O M G. You had me at “lemon – horseradish dressing”. And then BACON to boot??! Sounds heavenly – – I cannot wait to make it! I will make it by this weekend, for sure!

    • Reply
      October 29, 2019 at 9:43 am

      That dressing is everything 🙂

  • Reply
    October 29, 2019 at 9:19 am

    5 stars
    What a gorgeous salad! Grilled apples are next level…loving this idea! Perfect salad to serve for the holidays ^_^

  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    October 29, 2019 at 8:25 am

    5 stars
    What a beautiful salad! It’s going to look lovely on my Thanksgiving table. Thank you!

  • Reply
    October 29, 2019 at 8:18 am

    5 stars
    This is such a great fall salad recipe. I can’t wait to serve this for my Thanksgiving dinner as a salad option.

    • Reply
      October 29, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Every Thanksgiving table needs a great salad!

  • Reply
    October 29, 2019 at 8:12 am

    This could be a great and beautiful addition to this year’s Thanksgiving feast, especially if I make the all veggie version. Thanks Sue!

    • Reply
      October 29, 2019 at 8:16 am

      It’s nice that it’s a little something different, and these greens hold up well, too, which is a bonus.

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