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Classic Endive Salad Recipe

This pretty salad is a variation of my mother’s old recipe. Bacon makes it hearty, and water chestnuts add crunch. —Penny Hamilton, Granby, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups torn curly endive
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup salad croutons
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings. Stir the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper into drippings; heat through. Keep warm.
  • 2. In a salad bowl, combine the endive, tomatoes, onions, water chestnuts, walnuts, croutons and bacon. Pour warm dressing over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with eggs. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 172 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 236 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.