Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans
Endive Salad Bites crisp belgian endive filled with pears, cranberries, blue cheese and pecans. They’re an easy, elegant appetizer that’s perfect for any gathering!
After a very brief hiatus with our 30 Minute Thursday post last week, I’m back on the Thanksgiving track. I’ve got my Thanksgiving meal plan in place, which is pretty much the same meal we have every year because I don’t want to stir up trouble by breaking tradition.
Thanksgiving is no time to change things up….nosiree. I found that out the hard way a few years back.
Tradition, tradition, tradition!
Do you cook the same Thanksgiving meal every year?
Endive Salad Bites
Appetizers are one area of the Thanksgiving menu that’s completely open, so that’s where I have my fun. These Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans are easy to put together, they’re bursting with flavor, and they’re even elegant.
They’re an appetizer that will take you all the way through the holiday season!
These bites are actually one of my favorite salads deconstructed. The salad is a combination of bitter greens with pears, blue cheese, and candied pecans.
For these bites, the belgian endive is taking the place of the bitter greens as it is part of the chicory family, and it adds a fresh, crisp element.
I used pears, blue cheese, and pecans for the filling like I did in my salad, but then I also added dried cranberries for that tart, chewiness that I love, and the color certainly doesn’t hurt either.
I also added some chopped parsley because I thought this salad needed a nice pop of green to round things out color-wise.
To make things even better, I’ve tossed the filling in a white balsamic maple vinaigrette, and everything just pops. Believe me when I say, these are addicting little bites!
These endive salad bites come together in all of about 10 minutes, and are guaranteed to be a hit. Just be warned, they do go quickly, so you may want to make a lot. And thankfully, the recipe is easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled!
And now, it’s Eat Seasonal time again! Thanks to Becky from The Vintage Mixer for organizing another month of Eat Seasonal, where a group of bloggers link up delicious seasonal recipes. We’ve got a wide variety of recipes for you this month to help you use up that seasonal produce, and I certainly can’t wait to try them myself!
Please don’t forget to visit the other gorgeous dishes from the Eat Seasonal bloggers, as well as Becky’s November Seasonal Produce Guide for even more inspiration. You can also tag your own seasonal dishes with the hashtag #eatseasonal as well to join in on the fun!
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For the dressing:
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
For the endive filling:
- 1 head belgian endive
- 1 medium pear, cored and cut into small cubes (about 1 cup)
- 3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans*
Prepare the dressing:
- Place all dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously until combined.
Prepare the endive bites:
- Cut the base off of the head of endive and separate the spears. Wash thoroughly and blot dry gently.
- Place the pear, blue cheese, cranberries, and parsley in a small bowl. Add half of the dressing, reserving the other half for another use, and toss gently to combine.
- Divide the filling evenly between the endive spears, and top with the pecans just before serving. Enjoy!
- *To toast your pecans, place on a rimmed baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes or until fragrant. You can also purchase pre-toasted pecan pieces at stores such as Trader Joe's.
- The nutrition information includes only half of the dressing as that's how much I needed. This information is still an estimate and is meant only to be a guide as the numbers will vary based on the ingredients and quantities used.
- These will go fast, and this recipe is easily scaled to feed a crowd!
- The filling is best made just before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 61mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g