Belgian Endive Salad with Apple and Blue Cheese
It’s always apple season in my house! Apples are a great source of both Vitamin C and fiber, so make sure to eat some…maybe go out and pick some of your own! They go beautifully with Belgian endive. My healthy, delicious Belgian Endive Salad with Apple and Blue Cheese makes a great addition to tonight’s dinner!
How to Make Belgian Endive Salad with Apple and Blue Cheese
This recipe is super easy to make and takes less than 5 minutes to put together. To make the vinaigrette, combine lime juice, ginger, and vinegar in a bowl and mix well. Next place the apples in the bowl and mix with your dressing. To plate, put the endive on 4 small plates, top with apples, dressing, and bleu cheese. Enjoy!
Make your Own Dressings
With a whole grocery aisle devoted to sauces and dressings, you may wonder why you would ever want to make your own at home. If you look at the ingredient list in many packaged dressings, you’ll see a long list of preservatives, additives, and unnecessary sweeteners. By making your dressing at home, you know what ingredients you are using and have more control over what you are putting in your body. Dressings don’t need to be complicated. For my Belgian Endive Salad, the dressing is simply lime juice, apple cider vinegar, and ginger!
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While an apple alone will not keep you healthy, it can certainly contribute to good health! Apples are a good source of Vitamin C, an important nutrient for our immune systems. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights free radicals and may prevent some types of cancer and heart disease. It also helps grow and repair tissues in your body such as the tissues found in bone, skin, and cartilage.
Apples are also good sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is the type of fiber found in the apple’s flesh, while insoluble fiber is found in the skin. Both types of fiber are important to health—so don’t peel away that skin!
Fiber keeps us regular, keeps you feeling full for longer, and feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Studies also indicate that fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and stabilize blood sugars. My Belgian Endive Salad is the perfect way to incorporate some extra fiber into your diet!
Endive is a nutritious vegetable that adds a nice crunch to this salad. It is very low in calories—each head of Endive has only about 17 calories total. It is a good source of vitamins B, C, and K, as well as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, folate, and selenium. Talk about a lot of nutrition for so few calories!
Interested in adding Endive in other areas of your diet? It is the perfect vessel to dip into hummus, guacamole, or other dips in place of chips and crackers.
Moore, Marisa. “How Vitamin C Supports a Healthy Immune System.” EatRight Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 22 Mar. 2019, www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/how-vitamin-c-supports-a-healthy-immune-system.
“Nutrition.” California Endive Farms, 20 Mar. 2015, https://endive.com/nutrition.
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 teaspoon ginger grated
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 Granny Smith apples thinly sliced
- 2 heads endive washed and torn
- 4 ounces crumbled bleu cheese
- Combine limes, ginger, and vinegar in a bowl and mix well.
- Place apples into the bowl and mix with dressing.
- Place endive on 1 large plate or 4 small plates. Top with apples and dressing and bleu cheese.