This warm curly endive 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. —Chere Bell, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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.
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring 4 qt. water and 1-1/2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Add endive; cover and cook until wilted, 3 minutes. Drain. Stir in the bacon, vinegar, onion, pepper, reserved drippings and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.
Curly Endive Tips
What can you use to replace curly endive?
Curly endive is a hearty green with narrow stems and frilly, curly leaves. Arugula, radicchio and watercress can be used in the place of curly endive.