Grilled Endive


One of my favorite co-workers gets a bouquet of endive every year for Valentine’s Day. I was lucky enough to be around when she was generously giving some away. A light, lemony vinaigrette is a great match for the earthy, grilled flavor and crunchy texture from the endive. This recipe is a snap. It’s cheap, it’s good for you, and most importantly, it tastes amazing.

Grilled Endive
Servings: 2
Time: 15 minutes active and total

3 heads of endive, about 1/2 to 3/4 lb, cut in half lengthwise
1 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 plus 1/8 tsp salt and pepper, each, divided
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp lemon peel
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Pinch of sugar

1. Heat grill pan or grill to medium heat until it starts smoking. Get the surface really hot to get nice grill marks without over-cooking the endive (i.e., making them wilt and be mushy).
2. Whisk together 1/2 Tbsp EVOO, oregano, and 1/4 tsp SnP, each. Brush each endive, on the cut side, with the marinade.
3. When the grill is screaming hot, gently place the endive (cut side down) on the grill perpendicular to the grill ridges. Grill for 3 minutes then turn over gently and grill for 2 minutes on the back side. Remove to serving plate.
4. To make the dressing, whisk together remaining Tbsp olive oil, 1/8 tsp salt and pepper, each, lemon juice and peel (make sure to zest the lemon before juicing it), garlic, mustard and sugar. Adjust ingredients to your taste and drizzle over warm endive.

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Writer Bio: Adrienne Capps loves food and is a vegetarian–she doesn’t believe these things are mutually exclusive. A vegetarian for the past nine years, Adrienne created as a way to share her passion for eating, drinking, and cooking–and to make vegetarianism more accessible. The blog transforms meat dishes into vegetarian or improves vegetarian recipes and puts the results up in a weekly post called the Sunday Serving on the blog and at the Facebook Group, Vegetarianized. Adrienne is also a food writer, teaches cooking classes in Davis and is an amateur caterer. Upcoming coking classes and recent food articles are found on the blog home page.