Avocado Endive Cups with Salsa

Total Time

Prep: 45 min.


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I jazz up guacamole by serving it atop endive leaves. Add a brilliant red pepper salsa, and you’ve got a standout appetizer. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware
Avocado Endive Cups with Salsa Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 plum tomatoes, choppped
  • 30 endive leaves
  • Chopped fennel fronds


  1. In a small bowl, combine red peppers, fennel, olives, oil and cilantro; stir in 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, mash avocados with a fork. Stir in lime juice, jalapeno, green onion, garlic, cumin, pepper sauce and the remaining salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes.
  3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon avocado mixture onto each endive leaf; top each with about 1 tablespoon pepper mixture. Sprinkle with fennel fronds.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 43 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.