Chopped endive and romaine salad
This chopped endive and romaine salad probably looks like a generic salad for you, but it's anything but.
In fact, I was inspired to make this chopped endive and romaine salad because I had the same salad in southern France.
We were in the sweet and picturesque town of Roquebrun and we ate at a small local restaurant and this salad was actually a mistake.
There were 12 of us at the table and none of us spoke a lick of French (the owners were so incredibly patient with us).
The menu was in French with no English translation (btw, did you know the Google Translate app, can you use the camera feature and it will live translate what's right in front of you?).
Apparently this chopped endive and romaine salad was a mistake because none of us ordered it.
We let it sit until everyone got their meals, but we also didn't want it to go to waste, so my friend Meredith and I just shared this salad between us.
We were incredibly surprised at how good it was. It had the simplest ingredient, but it had such great flavor.
What makes this chopped endive and romaine salad so good?
This endive and romaine salad is so good because it is crispy, light and refreshing.
Additionally, the texture of the walnuts and the bites of onions and balsamic vinegar really add to the complexity of this salad.
The creamy dressing with which the salad is dressed is the perfect combination!
What do I need to make this chopped endive and romaine salad?
The simplest ingredient makes this endive and romaine salad:
- Belgian white endives
- Romaine salad
- White onion
- Shaved parmesan cheese
- Gorgonzola is crumbling together
- Balsamic vinegar
- Ranch dressing
How do I put together this endive and romaine salad?
The beauty of salads is that you can throw it all in one big bowl!
You want to chop the endives, romaine and onions first, but then the rest is just thrown into a big bowl!
What if I can't find endive?
You can replace with escarole or raddichio.
Can I use red onion instead?
Usually I would say yes, but the white onion in this gives it a slightly milder flavor and not so much of an onion bite.
It tastes much better.
Omg, romaine. Daunting.
It's always a risk of eating something raw. Make sure to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
Tips for making this chopped endive and romaine salad your own
You can add anything else you think would raise the salad.
I thought of throwing dried fruit like dried apricots, but I chose to keep it like how I had it in France!
Can this be done in advance?
You can toss all the ingredients together and dress them when ready.
Certainly don’t order it if you plan on letting it sit. It will turn all the leaves soggy.
If you like this salad recipe, you like these others:
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Quick basic chopped salad
Spinach tuna salad
Shredded chicken kale caesar salad
Crispy chicken apple cabbage salad
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Inspired by my trip to southern France, this incredibly refreshing chopped endive and romaine salad will be one of your new favorite salads to make! Preparation time: 25 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Course: Salad cuisine: American
- 2 cups of finely chopped Belgian white endive leaves
- 2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce leaves
- 1/2 medium white onion (thinly cut in half moons)
- 2/3 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup of gorgonzola crumbles together
- 1/2 cup shaved parmesan
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Ranch dressing
- Add all ingredients (except connection) In a large bowl and with your hands or salad serving utensils, toss ingredients together to distribute evenly.
- Sprinkle as much or a little dressing on and toss again to cover.
- If you do not eat this right away, dress the salad before eating. Don't dress it and let it sit. It will cause the leaves to be heavy.