Beet & Burrata Endive Salad

Beet and Burrata Endive Salad | Kitchen Confidante

“Mom, what do you call a snake that builds things?”
“What?”
“A boa constructor.”

Ba-dum-bum.

Well, our little construction project is done. The family room no longer has temporary walls of draped plastic and the floors are free from tarp. There are new shutters on the windows and a shiny flat screen on the wall. All of a sudden, TV is fun again. Just in time for some rainy nights ahead.

Beet and Burrata Endive Salad | Kitchen Confidante | Endives

On the last day of the renovation, I found myself tip toeing around the shutter installer. I hated to be in the way, but I needed to be in the kitchen. It was lunchtime, and I was hungry. As I walked into the kitchen, my eye caught a glimpse of the digital picture frame that sits on our counter — a shot of a winter wonderland flashed across the screen, followed by another of our family, all bundled up and cozy in a sled pulled by dogs.

Our dog sled ride in Tahoe reminded me of the last episode of Top Chef, where the chef’testants were delivered by helicopter to the dog sled ride that brought them to their Quickfire Challenge: to cook for the sledders training for the Iditerod. The chefs were required to cook with only the supplies on hand at the camp, which were outfitted with only burners and no electrical equipment.

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With this in mind, I wanted to challenge myself to make a lunch using the few ingredients I had on hand (I was in serious need of food shopping, and the refrigerator was ridiculously bare), and without burners at all (since I didn’t want to get in the way of the work being done in the kitchen). I did have some beautiful endive in the refrigerator, and given my current obsession with beets, a salad seemed like a good idea. A glossy mound of fresh burrata would bring it all together.

Beet and Burrata Endive Salad | Kitchen Confidante | With Shallot Vinaigrette

As I assembled the Beet & Burrata Endive Salad, I began to chat with the shutter installer. He had noticed that I was up to something in the kitchen (so much for not getting the way!), and it turned out, he loved to cook himself. Hailing from a family of avid cooks and one professional chef, I had so much fun learning about how he learned his way around the kitchen and the dishes he loved to cook.

It was yet another example of how food unifies us all.

Beet and Burrata Endive Salad | Kitchen Confidante

As for this salad, well, this is just the kind of food I like to eat when I’m dining solo. When I am cooking just for myself, all I need is this to be happy. Roasted beets, creamy burrata, and fresh greens — each bite is rustic and satisfying. It may not be quite right for an Iditerod team, but it’s just right for me.

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The endive used in this salad was received from California Endive Farms. I was not compensated by California Endive to use the produce; I am sharing it because I enjoy endive.

As always, all opinions are my own.

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Beet & Burrata Endive Salad

Yield: Serves 4.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

The tender leaves and unique flavor of endive goes so well with roasted beets and creamy burrata. I love how this salad is elegant and rustic all at once.

Ingredients:

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 shallot, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:
4 endives, leaves separated
4 roasted beets, peeled and quartered
1 burrata
1/4 cup candied pecans
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives

Directions:

Make the dressing by whisking together the Sherry vinegar, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Adjust seasoning to taste. This can be done in advance.

Trim the endive leaves and scatter on a platter. Arrange the beets on top of the endive. Break apart the burrata and drop in mounds over the vegetables. Whisk the dressing and drizzle by the spoonful on top, using as little or as much as you desire. Top with pecans and chives and serve.

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by Liren Baker on February 18, 2013

22 Responses to “Beet & Burrata Endive Salad”

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day February 18, 2013 @ 6:35 am (#
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    I love connecting with people in the kitchen like that. And this salad – incredible and beautiful!

    • liren replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

      Thank you, Cassie! So true – food really brings us all together, somehow. I just love that.

  2. Vijay @ NoshOnIt February 18, 2013 @ 8:24 am (#
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    Such a pretty salad! I’m a sucker for burrata and have always wanted to try to make my own. On a side note, what font do you use for the recipe titles on your picture? It’s great!

    • liren replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

      I’m a sucker for burrata, too, Vijay. I would love to learn how to make my own! As for the font, it’s Open Sans. Very clean and simple :)

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 18, 2013 @ 9:03 am (#
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    Beautiful salad, burrata is the best!

    • liren replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

      I agree! Burrata is amazing!

  4. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} February 18, 2013 @ 9:11 am (#
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    I too am obsessed with beets! Not too mention buratta and endive – this salad is a winner Liren! :-)

    • liren replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

      Funny how we get obsessed, right, Lisa? Beets and burrata and endive…there could be worse things :)

  5. Reem | Simply Reem February 18, 2013 @ 9:29 am (#
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    Ok so this was the deliciousness you were tempting us with on instagram ;)
    Looks YUM!
    I love using beet in salad and this salad looks fun with all the yum ingredients!
    Lovely pics Liren

    • liren replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

      Yes, it was! Thank you, Reem, I’m so glad you like it!

  6. Paula - bell'alimento February 18, 2013 @ 11:20 am (#
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    You had me at burrata.

    • liren replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

      Hee hee. That usually grabs my attention, too, Paula :)

  7. Vijay @ NoshOnIt February 18, 2013 @ 1:14 pm (#
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    I’ll let you know if I come across a burrata recipe! I’ve seen several step-by-step guides to making mozz so that may need to be the first challenge!

  8. Eileen February 18, 2013 @ 1:21 pm (#
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    Sweet beets with rich burrata and bitter, crunchy endive sounds like such a great combination. I bet you could chop the beets &etc. a bit smaller and pile the salad into individual endive leaves for fancy appetizers too!

  9. Valerie February 18, 2013 @ 8:16 pm (#
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    What a vibrant, content-looking salad- no wonder your shutter installer took notice! Yeah, food is kind of an awesome ice-breaker/unifier.

    Love the adorable opening joke too! :D

  10. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 19, 2013 @ 1:57 am (#
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    Beets and burrata?!? And to top it off, with endive deliciousness?!? Want. Need. Love!

  11. Debi Shawcross February 20, 2013 @ 1:55 pm (#
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    I am excellent at finding something for myself to eat when I think I have nothing in the fridge…but it doesn’t usually turn into a photo opp! The endive is vibrant and crazy fresh. Beautiful salad, Liren!

  12. Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 22, 2013 @ 5:38 am (#
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    Liren, this salad is a work of art!!! Beautifully vibrant and exceedingly delicious!!! I would totally eat this up if this were in front of me! If I must say so, this is Top Chef-quality!

    By the way, congrats on the new home reno! Wish I had a family room with a big, shiny TV on the wall :) Our family loves watching TV shows, especially reality food shows!

  13. Becky February 27, 2013 @ 2:22 pm (#
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    Ok, I LOVE burrata. Had it recently in LA and have been thinking about it ever since. And I haven’t ever made anything with endive so I really need to try this recipe out!!

    • liren replied: — February 27th, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

      It was love at first taste for me too, the first time I had burrata :) It’s irresistible!

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