Winter Greens Salad with Pecorino Dressing

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I LIVE for a big bright bold salad that is 1: easy to make 2: mega flavorful and 3: lends itself to basically anything else on the table. This Winter Greens Salad with Pecorino Dressing is IT!

Winter Greens Salad with Pecorino Dressing from (@whatsgabycookin)


To say I'm obsessed with this Winter Greens Salad with Pecorino Dressing is an understatement. The hearty winter greens are the perfect compliment to this tangy cheesy Pecorino Dressing. And the buttered panko breadcrumbs on the top are just incredible! It's a perfect blend of flavors and textures and not absolutely not to be missed. Serve alongside a hearty pasta dish or my delicious Chicken Pot Pie. I mean come on!

Treviso is a long and thin variety of radicchio. It's a tiny bit bitter but works perfectly with the lemony dressing. If you can't find Treviso lettuce - not to fear! You could easily substitute endive or any other member of the bitter chicory family to work in this salad recipe.

Winter Greens Salad with Pecorino Dressing from (@whatsgabycookin)

This salad is also a part of my Roasted Chicken Dinner Party Menu - which you should totally make this season. You can also pair it with the baked rigatoni. Truly an incredible blend of flavors all around!

Winter Greens Salad with Pecorino Dressing

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 12 votes
This incredible Winter Greens Salad is one of my all time favorites! And the Pecorino Dressing is out of this world!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad, Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people


For the Salad:

  • 2 bunches lacinato kale Tuscan kale or cavolo nero thick ribs cut out
  • 1 bunch Treviso lettuce
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese plus more to finish
  • ¼ cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving on the side of the salad

For the Toasted Breadcrumbs:

  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Tear the kale and Treviso into large pieces. Put the greens in a salad spinner, rinse with cool water, and spin until dry. Pile the greens into a bowl.
  • Put the chopped garlic on a cutting board and mince it even more until you have a paste. Transfer the garlic to a small bowl, add the pecorino, a few tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper, and whisk to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed
  • Pour the dressing over the kale and Treviso and toss well to thoroughly combine. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste. Let the salad sit for about 5 minutes until the kale starts to soften. Top with the toasted breadcrumbs tossed with butter and more shredded pecorino cheese.

To make the toasted breadcrumbs

  • Melt the butter in a small nonstick skillet. Once melted, add the panko and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium and stir until starting to get fragrant and toasting. Once golden, remove and set aside.


Don't skip letting the salad "rest." This is the same as if you had massaged the leaves and makes them easier to chew.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9164IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for Christmas and it was a hit! Very easy too. My family requested I make it for Easter brunch. I’ll happily oblige.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! I have made this FOUR times in the last 2 weeks. It’s the perfect “make ahead” recipe because it doesn’t go wilty and makes great leftovers! Will be on repeat for the rest of the winter. Thanks Gaby!

  3. 5 stars
    I rarely crave a salad, but this was exactly what I wanted and usually will get this at a restaurant. It's the first time I make this type a salad at home it was delicious and so easy!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this while home for the holidays! My mom was skeptical because of the kale but it was great! Will definitely make again!

  5. 5 stars
    I could have eaten this entire salad myself!! Wow! Wow! It seems so simple yet really packs a perfect bite. I had to use radicchio which I was a little nervous about being that it is more bitter than other bitter lettuces but something about the lemon, cheese and breadcrumbs really added a complexity that it needed. I put a tiny bit of garlic powder into the breadcrumbs for good measure! Simply stunning, both visually and taste! Thanks!

  6. This looks amazing! I can't seem to find Treviso lettuce. Is it commonly sold in grocery stores? Is there a good substitute for it? Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    This is an amazing salad. SO GOOD. The dressing really is out of this world!
    Thank you for another incredible recipe.

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