Friday, May 30, 2014

Blue Cheese, Walnut, and Blueberry Endive Chopped Salad

May is National Salad month! I had the pleasure of working with Driscoll's Berries and California Endive to develop a couple creations!


First though, before we get into the goods, let's pause for a quick vocabulary lesson, shall we?

When you read that title up there how did you pronounce endive?

Just like it looks- EN-dive?

OR did you get all fancy and say ON-deev?


If you were that fancy one saying ON-Deev, you were right!

While poking around the California Endive Farms website and social media, I found out I had been pronouncing this sort of vegetable wrong!




I was so excited when I got this package in the mail! Such a big box of salad goodness! I was shocked at how much we were provided. Thanks, California Endive! 


I think endive is actually pretty versatile in terms of how many ways you can use it, but I went the easy route with a chopped salad. Check out this recipe page to learn about all the other ways you can enjoy them! I think next I'll try this Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche in Endive Boats!


Blue Cheese and Cherry Chopped Endive Salad

Ingredients:
3/4 cup cherries, chopped (optional. I didn't add these but if I had them in the fridge they would've been in the mix for sure)
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
4-5 stems red and white endive, chopped
Cherry balsamic dressing, drizzled over salad

Directions:
1. Rinse and dry endive. Cut off end and discard.
2. Chop endive and put into a large bowl.
3. Add blue cheese, pecans, and cherries to the bowl with the endive.
4. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to combine.


My next creation I put together was a unique salad for a side at my mom and dad's birthday party. Many were asking, "What is that?!?", "Looks healthy. Mollie must have made that." LOL, yep!


Blue Cheese, Walnut, and Blueberry Chopped Endive Salad

Ingredients:
3/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
4-5 stems red and white endive, chopped
Raspberry vinaigrette, drizzled over salad

Directions:
1. Rinse and dry endive. Cut off end and discard.
2. Chop endive and put into a large bowl.
3. Add blue cheese, walnuts, and blueberries to the bowl with the endive.
4. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to combine.


Driscoll's berries have always been my favorite brand to pick up from the store. Always so sweet and juicy. Check out  their recipe page for lots of new inspiration. It's the best time of years for berries so make sure to add them to your grocery cart!

*Disclaimer: I was provided with coupons for Driscoll's berries and a a box of California Endive. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.