Wilted Endive Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
The blend of seasonings, greens and warm bacon dressing makes this endive salad a sure hit. My guess is that it'll be a favorite at your next gathering. —Mildred Davis, Hagerstown, Maryland


  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bunch curly endive, torn
  • 4 slices bread, cubed and toasted


  1. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Add oil to drippings; saute garlic and onion until tender. Stir in vinegar, tarragon, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the endive, bread cubes and bacon. Pour the warm dressing over salad and serve immediately.

Endive Salad Tips

What is endive lettuce?

Endive lettuce is a leafy green that can be served either raw or roasted, grilled or braised. You'll often see it served as an appetizer, salad or as a healthy snack. Some of our favorite endive recipes are: Avocado Endive Cups with Salsa, Gorgonzola Tomatoes on Endive and these Shrimp Salad Appetizers.

Can I substitute anything for endive lettuce in this salad?

You can substitute any leafy green for the endive! We recommend arugula or kale.

What variations can I make to this endive salad recipe?

To switch this recipe up, try tossing in other fresh veggies, like cherry tomatoes. If you're running low on time, swap the toasted bread for storebought croutons.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 122 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 562mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.