Wilted Curly Endive Recipe
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Wilted Curly Endive Recipe

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This warm salad is a deliciously different way to serve lettuce. Unlike other wilted versions, this one is not sweet. Vinegar and bacon give it old-fashioned savory goodness.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 bacon strips, diced
  • 3 bunches curly endive
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 256 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1216mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. Cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Reserve 3 tablespoons drippings. Cut or tear endive from center stalk; discard stalks.
  2. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring water and 1-1/2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Add endive; cover and cook for 3 minutes or until wilted. Drain. Stir in the bacon, vinegar, onion, pepper, reserved drippings and remaining salt. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Wilted Curly Endive in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p35

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anitamm 202908
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"I made this for a german potluck and added a bit more vinegar and used kale instead of endive. It was gone in minutes!!"

gardener31 25935
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"THe flavor on this was quite good, but the quanities were questionable. The greens just seemed to disappear! How much is a "bunch" of endive? It would be better if the quantity of endive was given in oz. or lbs."

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