Perfect summer salad. Light and refreshing, yet wildly satisfying.
After this experience with quarantine, I’m beginning to think this whole work-from-home thing is kinda over-rated. Let’s have a look behind the scenes— I’m sitting here in the same grubby sweats I was wearing yesterday (and the day before, yikes), with my dry-shampooed bed head, no makeup, no deodorant (oh my), annnd it’s mid-day.
What’s more, I made the executive decision that (even though today is a workday) I wasn’t going to get up on time, make the bed, or tackle anything on my to-do list until I made at least 4 trips to the fridge.
And let’s be honest, I haven’t made a trip to the grocery store today (or within the week for that matter). And yet, I’m still fighting this strange compulsion to pop up from my desk every 30 minutes and check the fridge— like some delicious treat is going to magically appear.
What’s with that?
I’m well aware of emotional eating and stress-induced binge-fests— but I’d be lying if I blamed it on that.
Truth is, I don’t feel stressed. In fact, with all this #Rona going around, I’ve had far more time to focus on outdoor yoga (lovin’ it!), hammock reading (aka hammock napping), and playing 25 Outlaws— anyone else LOVE game night? Great 2 player game!
Anyhoo, with all this incessant eating, I had to up my food-game and lighten the load. And with summer just around the corner— this is the perfect salad to compliment that beach-bod.
What is Endive?
Endive is a member of the chicory family, which includes radicchio, escarole, and frisee. Recently, endive has been trending due to it’s low-carb, high-fiber profile. Beyond being keto-friendly, endive maintains anti-inflammatory properties and delivers a sizeable dose of Vitamin A, K and B.
How to Use Endive
Endive has a nice crispy texture with a subtle bitterness. It makes an excellent addition to stir-fry as sautéing helps soften the bite. Although, as a fan of bitter flavors, I prefer to eat it raw and balance it with something sweet or savory, such as berries and blue cheese.
Can I substitute the blue cheese?
I get it— you love it, or you hate it.
No problem, this salad is bursting with flavor, and the blue cheese doesn’t make or break it. My husband hates blue cheese, so he generally crushes this salad cheese-free— healthier, for sure.
If you’re a fan of cheese (just not blue cheese), you might try this recipe with feta or goat— worthy alternatives!
Is it just as good without homemade dressing?
I can’t guarantee that. In my book, fresh ingredients and homemade dressings are key components of delicious salads. However, I have tried this same mix with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing as well as a balsamic vinaigrette, and it was still delightful!
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