28 November 2009

Weekend Cooking: Blue Cheese Salad on Endive

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I hope you're not too tired of being in the kitchen to play along this week. Between cooking for the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoying all those fabulous virtual cookies yesterday, what more is there?

I'm going to share an appetizer recipe that a friend of mine passed along to me. I don't know where she got it from. I've been making this for Thanksgiving for the last few years. (All measurements are in U.S. standard units.)

Apple, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Salad on Endive Leaves

  • 1 large (about 8 ounce) tart-sweet red apple such as Gala or Braeburn, cored and cut into ⅛-inch dice (that's 1/8-inch)
  • 3 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled (to yield about ¾ cup)
  • ¾ cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, to taste (I don't add)
  • 5 Belgian endives, leaves separated; smallest leaves saved for another use
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped (I used toasted pecans)

In a medium bowl, combine the apple, blue cheese, celery, mayo, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine. Season to taste with salt.

To assemble, mound a small spoonful of the apple mixture onto the core end of each endive leaf. Sprinkle with the nuts and serve.

Note: I mix the nuts in with the rest of the salad.


caite 11/28/09, 7:58 AM  

sounds good..except I don't like blue cheese. I love any other sort of cheese...except the blues. So I might have to exchange that for another one.

Since you have the salad, I have a recipe for the soup.

Julie P. 11/28/09, 8:54 AM  

I was so into this recipe until I read the mayo part. We are a condiment free household! LOL!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 11/28/09, 9:02 AM  

This is my kind of salad! You could change the cheese (gorgonzola? shaved Parm?) and fruit (pear?) depending on what you have in the house ... yum!

Margot 11/28/09, 9:14 AM  

This looks like an excellent recipe. I see why you like it. I have most of the ingredients on hand and I'm going to give it a try. Thanks.

Beth 11/28/09, 9:26 AM  

I'm not sure how I missed this feature before, but this is exciting! It gives this full time food blogger and avid book reader a chance to share with you all--which is great since I love your book blogs!

bermudaonion 11/28/09, 10:25 AM  

I love blue cheese, so that sounds wonderful to me!

Jill 11/28/09, 12:02 PM  

Yum! What a great combination of ingredients, and I imagine it's a pretty presentation. I'm going to have to give this one a try!

Wendy 11/28/09, 12:50 PM  

I would probably substitute the blue cheese - I don't know why, but I have never developed a taste for this popular cheese!

Lynda 11/28/09, 1:51 PM  

Love this recipe. Thanks for sharing ;0)

Anonymous,  11/29/09, 7:55 PM  

This looks yummy! Love blue cheese :)

Carole 6/16/12, 9:22 PM  

Thanks for linking this in - well actually you put in a wordless wednesday link but I have fixed it for you. Have a great week.

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