Warm California Endive Salad

By: Kara Mae Adamo

Recipe: Rachel Ray
Food Network

For a simple meal that is delicious and healthy for you, try this recipe for a warm California Endive salad. The salty flavor of the bacon combines well with the tart balsamic vinegar to create a savory dressing that offsets the bitter, crunchy endive leaves and escarole. The potatoes complete this wholesome meal, soaking in the dressing and taking on the ham flavor. They also add a unique texture combination to the salad not seen in most dishes. Full of vitamins, protein and a proper amount of carbohydrates, this salad makes a delectable entrée for either lunch or dinner.


4 California Endives

2 cups’ worth of coarsely chopped escarole

8 slices of bacon

4 potatoes

¼ cup olive oil (not cold-pressed) or vegetable oil

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon minced garlic


Core the endives and coarsely chop them up, leaving the smaller leaves whole. Set these and the 2 cups of coarsely chopped escarole aside.

Broil the bacon slices and reserve 1 tablespoon of the fat. Crumble the bacon up into bits. Cube 4 potatoes and fry them in light oil until they’re crispy on the outside and tender in the middle. Set them aside.

Put the reserved bacon fat into a skillet with the olive or vegetable oil. Add the balsamic vinegar and minced garlic and let it all simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes. Combine the California endive, escarole, bacon and potatoes in a bowl and pour the warm dressing on top. Toss and enjoy!

California Endive
15 Poppy House Road
Rio Vista, California 94571
Phone 707-374-2111
Fax 707-374-2063
Email info@endive.com


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