Cooking with Cider: Braised Radicchio Salad Recipe

When you crack open a can of Jack’s Hard Cider, you can taste all of those refreshing apples in every sip. After all, our ciders are made from fruit that is grown and pressed onsite and never from concentrate. So why limit that great taste to a glass? Jack’s Hard Cider works well in recipes, too. This dish is perfect for picnics and barbeques—check out the simple recipe below:

Jack’s Hard Cider Braised Radicchio Salad

Jack's photojack's resized 3Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 head purple radicchio, halved
  • 1 can Jack’s Original Hard Cider
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup cashews, chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-low heat. Add bacon and render until crisp. Add shallots to pan and sweat for about 5 minutes or until soft.
  2. Raise heat to medium-high and place radicchio cut side down into the pan. Sear radicchio until outer leaves start to brown, about 5–7 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and add cider, orange juice and zest, brown sugar and thyme. Bring liquid to a simmer and cook about 20 minutes, until the radicchio is soft and the sauce has reduced into coating consistency.
  4. Remove radicchio from pan and set aside. Toss baby arugula and cashews with warm braising liquid and season with salt.
  5. To serve, place a portion of arugula onto plate and place cooked radicchio on top. Serves two.

Learn more about Jack’s Hard Cider and explore our cider lineup here.

Jack’s Hard Cider — Produced from Pennsylvania Apples. Pressed On-Site. Never from Concentrate.

Recipe courtesy of James Capone, Drexel University Food Lab. Photography by Alexandra Whitney Photography.

Ronna Dewey