Endive & Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts & Strawberry Dressing

I received a bouquet the other day. And it wasn’t from my husband.

It was quite a surprise…especially because it was a lovely arrangement of endive.

I have to admit, I am a sucker for pretty bouquets, but I was even more charmed when I unwrapped the arrangement. I thought you might be intrigued, as I was, to see the this often unseen part of the endive’s growing process.

This unique glimpse really ignited my curiosity. I have always enjoyed endive, but admittedly don’t know too much about it. So I decided to head on over to Discover Endive, who sent the bouquet, to learn more about how they are grown. It really is a fascinating process, and I encourage you to check out how they are produced out here in California.

Who knew there was so much involved in making something so beautiful?

Receiving the Valentine’s bouquet of endive was a clever surprise; amid the sweet decadence, it was nice to have something refreshing and wholesome. I hope yesterday’s sweet holiday was full of all kinds of indulgence, but if you’re like me, with a house saturated with chocolates and cupcakes, you are yearning to detox with something healthy.

So, how about a salad? I used some of the endive in an Endive & Strawberry Salad, with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Strawberry Dressing. I think it’s a great way to let your special someone know you still love them, even if it’s no longer Valentine’s Day.

* FTC: Discover Endive sent this lovely bouquet of California endive. I am not affiliated with Discover Endive, nor was I compensated for or required to write about their product. I truly feel you would find endive interesting and delicious. All opinions are, as always, genuinely my own.

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Endive & Strawberry Salad, with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Strawberry Dressing

Yield: 4-6 servings.

Ingredients:

For the salad:

4 spears endive
1 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese
1/2 cup candied walnuts
Strawberry Dressing (below)

For the dressing:

2/3 cup frozen strawberries, thawed (or fresh)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 to 1 cup olive oil

Directions:

Slice the endive crosswise and the strawberries lengthwise in 1/4 inch wide pieces. Arrange on plates, garnished with Gorgonzola cheese and candied walnuts.

Blend the strawberries, sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt and lemon juice in a food processor. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until it emulsifies into a creamy consistency. Drizzle over the salad and serve. If preparing in advance, refrigerate in a sealed container, and whisk well before serving.

Dressing adapted from Raspberry Salad Dressing, which was minimally adapted from Almond-Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Raspberry Dressing, Bon Appetit, August 2001, via Epicurious.

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by Liren Baker on February 15, 2012

16 Responses to “Endive & Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts & Strawberry Dressing”

  1. Katty February 15, 2012 @ 4:43 pm (#
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    “No, it absolutely is pronounced ahn-DEEV!” ;) HA HA! What a beautiful bouquet–they almost look like tulips. Saving this recipe to try–thank you! >>^..^<<

  2. Cassie February 15, 2012 @ 6:16 pm (#
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    That endive bouquet is awesome. And this dressing is making my mouth water. Love this!

  3. Walter February 15, 2012 @ 9:19 pm (#
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    Lovely, I love Endive, raw, as a salad, dipped, or even cooked, my mom braised it with ham and cheese on top. Your photos are absolutely stunning

  4. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 15, 2012 @ 11:54 pm (#
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    I’ve never seen roots of endives before — that looks wicked ;)

  5. Winnie February 16, 2012 @ 6:41 am (#
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    Gorgeous salad Liren! I’ve pinned it to the Discover Endive recipe board :)

  6. Norma February 16, 2012 @ 8:55 am (#
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    Joan of Foodalogue also received one. I got chocolates….bummer…Its great to see what you both came up with….

  7. Priscilla - She's Cookin' February 16, 2012 @ 5:04 pm (#
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    My bouquet looked nothing like that! The endive were so bruised and battered I’m sure they would not want me posting it. Beautiful salad – pinned – I’m making one tonight, don’t know exactly what’s going in it though :)

  8. Rhonda February 17, 2012 @ 8:54 am (#
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    Honestly I’d rather receive a bouquet of endive than flowers! the salad is truly beautiful! You have a new fan! Pinned it!

  9. Smith & Ratliff February 17, 2012 @ 2:19 pm (#
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    This is a beautiful salad, as is your endive bouquet!

  10. angela@spinachtiger February 18, 2012 @ 6:56 am (#
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    I have never see the “rest of the story” of endive. Great post, and great execution. These are almost prettier than my Valentine’s tulips.

    • Liren replied: — February 19th, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

      I agree, Angela (and tulips happen to be my favorite flower!).

  11. Magic of Spice February 19, 2012 @ 4:33 pm (#
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    Aren’t they just gorgeous in this state with the roots attached…such a beautiful vegetable to be sure! And beautiful salad as well, very lovely :)

  12. justcooknyc February 26, 2012 @ 4:26 pm (#
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    holy cow, the endive with the roots are amazing. just when i think i’ve seen it all… and normally i’d shy away from a salad with fruit in it like this, but this combination sounds great.

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