Endive Salad with Walnuts, Pears, and Gorgonzola

Endive is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s more expensive than regular lettuce, but it’s so delicate, and has such a wonderful, just lightly bitter flavor, I just can’t resist a splurge once in a while. This is a quick and easy salad recipe, chopped endive tossed with chopped pears, walnuts, and crumbled gorgonzola, and drizzled with oil and vinegar. Perfect for the fall. If you don’t have access to endive, feel free to substitute butter lettuce. Some of the other lettuces in the chicory family would work as well—curly endive, escarole, frisee, radicchio. By the way, my French friends in the area insist that the endive we grow here in Northern California is less bitter, and more exquisite than what you find in Europe. So enjoy!

Endive Salad with Walnuts, Pears, and Gorgonzola Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 3.

This recipe is presented as a salad, but you could also chop the pears and walnuts more finely, and place with some crumbled blue cheese in the endive leaves, like filling little boats, for appetizers.

Ingredients

  • 3 Endive heads, sliced first lengthwise, then crosswise in 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled gorgonzola or other blue cheese
  • 1 bartlett pear, cored and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar (balsamic is good too)
  • Sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

1 Place the chopped endive in a large bowl. Add the walnuts, crumbled gorgonzola, and chopped pears. Toss to combine.

2 Drizzle olive over the salad. Drizzle cider vinegar over the salad. Toss to combine.

Season to taste with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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11 Comments

  1. Jessie

    Unique and so scrumptious looking. This is the kind of recipe that keeps Simply Recipes on my permanent reading list :o)

  2. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    I made something like this awhile back except I used the endive as a cup to hold apples, walnuts and blue cheese. Great combo!

  3. Sues

    I don’t eat endive nearly enough! This salad is right up my alley :)

  4. Sandy S

    Oh my this sounds good! Perfect way to use a lovely fragrant just ripened pear. Will cross my fingers that there is some endive waiting for me when I shop.

  5. Molly

    Love that endive is one of your guilty pleasures ;) lovely recipe!

  6. Greg

    This was a great salad…I could not find really ripe pears so I added honey to brighten up the flavor…everyone loved it!

  7. momofnine

    This looks like such a pretty salad. I think the green from the butter lettuce would be a nice touch. I just happen to have some gorgonzola looking for a recipe. Thank you!

  8. Rhonda

    My pear tree exploded with fruit this year! I can’t wait to try this with one of my fresh, ripe, organic pears! I have some sherry vinegar on hand so I think I’ll try that instead of the cider vinegar. And I have Roquefort Bleu instead of the gorgonzola. My mouth is watering as I type!

  9. Rhonda

    Hello again! I just tried this using the above tweeks, and added another – radicchio instead of endive (store was out). It is amazing and colorful! Thanks for the inspiration, Elise. I now have a new favorite salad!

    • Elise

      I’m so glad you made it Rhonda! I love how well the pears go with endive or radicchio in this salad.

  10. Sandy S

    Just wanted to say that I made this salad using a handful of cress with some other mixed greens as I could not find any endive or other substitutes. It was very good! A wonderful change from other green salads. I look forward to making it with endive.

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