Apple Endive Salad Bites

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I don’t normally make fancy salads or elaborate meals. With a small child, meals need to be fast, easy, and far from fussy. I prefer one bowl meals rather than making several different components. So when I was feeling a bit adventurous and made these salad bites to accompany an already elaborate meal, my husband was a very happy camper.

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It may look like I went to all this work to create a salad worthy of a high end restaurant, but I’ll fill you in on a secret: these are crazy easy and I put them together in no time. My 2 year old son even joined in on putting them together.

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I imagine these would be great for putting out for people at a party, but I think that creating delicious and beautiful meals for just ourselves is deeply satisfying for the soul. We deserve fancy food and it doesn’t have to cost very much.

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These salad bites aren’t just fancy and adorable and perfect for parties, they are seriously delicious. Each ingredient helps to create a harmony of flavors in each bite. The bitter endive, sweet apple, rich walnuts, tangy lemon, and anise-like tarragon are all in perfect sync. Also, eating a salad has never been so easy.

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Apple Endive Salad Bites

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Belgian endives
  • 1 apple, finely diced
  • 1 cup kale, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp minced tarragon
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Peel the outer leaves of the endives off until you have about 15-20 leaves set aside. Finely chop the cores of the endives and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the apple, kale, and walnuts to the bowl and stir well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and tarragon.
  3. Arrange the leaves on a plate and fill each with the salad mixture. Top the salad bites with the dressing and salt and pepper. Enjoy immediately.

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