Roasted beets take a long time to prepare, but a much faster way to enjoy their natural sweetness is to slice them paper thin on a Japanese mandoline. By doing this, you release a lot of their natural sugars. Tossed with a simple vinaigrette, they become an ideal addition to a salad of hearty winter greens like endive, frisée, and radicchio, their sweetness complemented by the bitter bite of the greens. Some shaved Parmesan, radishes, and toasted flax seeds finish this simple salad off.
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If you only know endive as a crunchy, leafy, bitter green, then you've been missing out. Roasted, grilled, or sautéed, the wide-leafed vegetable loses much of its trademark bitterness, allowing its sweet, faintly earthy character to emerge at full force. Here, it's combined with shallots and goat cheese for a rich, buttery quiche-like tart.
A vegan meal with a centerpiece of cannelloni stuffed with sauteed wild mushrooms and creamy sweet potato puree baked along with butter beans and braised escarole until crunchy and browned.
This simple baked scallop and endive dinner takes four ingredients (plus salt, pepper, and a lemon to serve it with) with no extra dishes to clean.
Crisp bitter greens and tart crunchy apple in a savory anchovy dressing.
When asparagus is truly in season, like at this exact moment, the vegetable is so sweet and tender it doesn't even need to be cooked. Just thinly slice the stalks, dress them with a vinaigrette, and you're left with a stunningly simple fresh asparagus salad. The only catch is that they are often light, bordering on the insubstantial. This recipe from Mindy Fox's Salads: Beyond the Bowl solves that problem by adding red quinoa.
With Marcella Hazan's earth-shattering bagna cauda and winter crudités in your repertoire, you'll never be tempted to include those plastic-encrusted supermarket veggie and dip platters in your New Year's Eve buffet again.
Roasted endive and pears are piled onto a baby arugula salad, studded with walnuts and shingled with planks of spicy Roquefort cheese. A wintry take on the classic endive and Roquefort salad.
This Grape, Almond and Radicchio Salad with Black Olives from Eric Ripert's Avec Eric pairs radicchio and endive with crunchy, salty almonds, and juicy, sweet green grapes for a salad that alternates bites of bitter leafiness with more friendly sweet and salt. Feel free to replace the radicchio with escarole, swap the grapes for orange segments, or trade almonds for walnuts.
When combined, the peppery cress and tender, pleasingly bitter frisée creates a salad that's worlds away from the dull mesclun mixes we've become used to. These are salad greens that really taste like something—they don't act solely as a vehicle for other ingredients or a particularly intriguing dressing. It's a salad that's all about the lettuce, and this time of year, it's just right.
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For those familiar with the cream-pineapple-maraschino-cherry-laden versions of this salad, rest assured that this one contains none of those cloyingly sweet ingredients. This iteration of ambrosia is much more refined.
Whole endive leaves make beautiful, edible canape cups, and come into peak season just in time for the holidays. In this week's Cook the Book selection, The Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook, the leaves are filled with a cumin-flavored...