Create an easy and delicious radicchio leaves recipe that your family and guests will love!

"Raw radicchio can be slightly bitter, but it gets sweeter when you cook it," says Richard Gras, chef de cuisine of Salt at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Experience the veggie both ways with these healthy eating recipes.

Healthy salad recipes: side salad

Quarter 1 head radicchio and place in a baking dish. Whisk together 1 oz. maple syrup, 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture over radicchio and marinate for 1 hour. Place in a grill pan or on a grill; cook over low heat for 15 minutes, turning regularly, until soft.

Healthy salad recipes

In a large bowl, toss together 2 cups thinly sliced radicchio; 2 cups baby spinach; 1 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola (or another blue cheese); 1/2 cup toasted pecans; and 6 dried mission figs, cut into quarters. Blend 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil with 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar and 1/4 tsp. dried oregano. Toss salad with dressing and divide between two plates.

Healthy salad recipes: entree

Saute? 1 cup thinly sliced radicchio and 2 tbsp. each minced garlic and shallot in 2 tbsp. olive oil for 3 minutes. Add 1 diced portobello cap and 1/4 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes. When mushroom is soft, add 2 tbsp. vegetable stock; stir, scraping bottom of pan. Cook for 6 minutes. Add 2 tbsp. lowfat plain yogurt; bring to a boil. Toss with whole-wheat pasta and grilled chicken.