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Puntarelle alla Romana

📋Puntarelle alla Romana

Puntarelle alla Romana is a classic Roman dish, they are the shoots of a type of chicory called Cicoria Catalogna. They are crunchy and have a bitter flavour. They are cut very thin and seasoned with garlic, anchovies and vinegar.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie
Keyword Anchovy vinaigrette, Chicory salad, puntarelle alla Romana
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 116kcal



Making the anchovies vinaigrette

  • In a small bowl blend the anchovies with the garlic, the extra virgin olive oil and the vinegar
    3 anchovies stored in salt, 1/2 clove peeled garlic cloves, 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

Cleaning the puntarelle

  • Remove the outer leaves of the puntarelle 
    1 puntarelle head
  • Cut the puntarelle into thin slices and put them in ice water to curl. 
  • Drain the puntarelle  and place them on a serving bowl, add the anchovies vinaigrette adding some extra virgin olive oil
  • Stir and serve



  • Look for Puntarelle in a specialized Italian market or substitute with Endive
  • Make sure they are fresh and that the outside leaves are strong and green
  • Only use the shoots inside the vegetable head
  • Make sure the shoots are long enough otherwise they will not curl
  • Use the anchovies preserved in salt
  • You do not need to add salt to the seasoning as the anchovies are already salted
  • You can use as a dressing for any other salad.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 2440IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.1mg