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TIP OF THE DAY: Radicchio Spoons Appetizer

We love this easy hors d’oeuvre idea: radicchio “spoons.” Fill the spoons with whatever you like and you’ve got an hors d’oeuvre that’s delicious, low in calories, healthful and crunchy.

Here, food stylist and photographer Kelly Sasuga used green and red radicchio leaves, creating an eye-catching presentation.

What should you fill the leaves with? Anything you like, but here are some ideas:

  • Chopped figs or dates and chopped orange segments with some grated orange peel, mixed into cream cheese
  • Chopped pickled vegetables atop Greek yogurt or salad greens

    An elegant and easy hors d’oeuvre. Photo by Kelly Sasuga | Fresh Origins Microgreens.

  • Chopped smoked salmon and chives atop sour cream
  • Crumbled bacon and diced tomato atop a dab of mayo (for a “BLT”)
  • Crushed pineapple and another favorite fruit (tiny dice) atop sour cream
  • Dips: artichoke, crab, spinach or other favorite dip
  • Freestyle: a bit of cheese, dried or fresh fruit and nuts, for example
  • Goat cheese, chopped pistachio nuts and shredded basil
  • Guacamole garnished with a pimiento strip
  • Israeli salad (diced cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes and parsley marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and chopped mint leaves, well drained)
  • Pear, blue cheese and chopped toasted pecans
  • Salsa (well drained)
  • Seafood salad
  • Tzatziki

    A garnish of microgreens makes any hors d’oeuvre more attractive, sophisticated and flavorful.

    If you can’t find microgreens, use snipped fresh parsley or other fresh herb for a big flavor enhancement.


    If you want to eat more veggies, use radicchio spoons instead of bread to eat your daily tuna or egg salad.


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