Fall Salad with Prosciutto, Pear and Roasted Endive. And Candied Walnuts.

Poll Time:

How do you pronounce the freaking word “endive?”


I really want it to be AWN-DEEVE, because that’s the way the lady says it in the car commercial when she’s trying to unlock her tricked-out car but she’s at the wrong car because she really drives a station wagon and is experiencing the “feeling richer” effect because she cut her phone bill in half and now believes she has as much money as a hip hop music mogul.

So she made me giggle and now I really want it to be awn-deeve. Plus I’d like to feel rich too.

It is awn-deeve, isn’t it?

If it is, then this gorgeous fall salad features roasted AWN-DEEVE and it will put. you. in. your. place.

Sometimes we need to be put in our place. And call it AWN-DEEVE.

I really think it’s awn-deeve.

Is it?

Fall Salad with Prosciutto, Pear and Roasted Endive. And Candied Walnuts:

(adapted from Cooking Light)

What it took for 2:

* 2 cups arugula
* 2 endives, sliced in half, lengthwise
* 2 strips prosciutto, torn into 1-inch ribbons
* 1 pear, sliced thinly
* 1/2 cup apple juice (or cider if you can find it)
* 1/2 tsp sugar
* 1 tsp ground cloves
* 1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
* 1 bay leaf
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* pinch of salt
* pinch of freshly ground pepper
* 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
* 1/4 cup candied walnuts

Preheat oven to 450.

In a small saucepan, combine the apple juice, sugar, ground cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, until reduced a bit. Strain liquid into a bowl (not down the drain!) and discard the solids.

Brush a Tbs of the oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Place the endive halves cut-side down, brush with apple juice mixture, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and bake 10 minutes. Bring them out, change the setting to broil, flip the endive halves, brush with more apple juice mixture, another sprinkle of salt and pepper, and broil 4 minutes. Whew!

In a bowl, combine a pinch of salt, pepper, remaining apple juice mixture, lemon juice and the last Tbs of oil. Give it a whisk. Nice.

Toss the arugula, candied walnuts, and pear into the “dressing.”

Serve salad with roasted endive halves, sliced prosciutto and some crusty bread and you’re SET.

Fall is all up in your mouth.

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20 Responses to Fall Salad with Prosciutto, Pear and Roasted Endive. And Candied Walnuts.

  1. JulieD September 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm #
    This looks really good, Bev. Love your photography! I would have it without the prosciutto though because I don't eat pork. I know I'm weird!
  2. carly {carlyklock} September 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm #
    i want a mini skillet! and, for sure, it's awn-deeve! except i say en-dive. i'm low-class.
    • celeste September 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm #
      also obsessed with baby cast iron. or massive walnuts. maybe both, actually. looks yummy! i also say n-dive and am so incredibly trailer material (small town charm, i like to think) that i've never even heard it pronounced the other way. thanks for broadening my horizons, bev!
  3. Isabelle @ Crumb September 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm #
    According to the folks who market endive in the US, it's most definitely awn-deeve. I got a stern glance when referring to it as en-dive in front of them. Probably because awn-deeve sounds much classier and fancier and therefore worthy of a steep price tag. :) PS - This salad sounds fabulous and classy and fancy, regardless of how you pronounce the name. Love the fact that the endive is all roasted and caramelized, rather than raw.
    • Bev Weidner September 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm #
      AWN-DEEVE it is!
  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm #
    I love endive, I love salads...but candied nuts. There is a special place in heaven for anyone who can supply me with candied nuts. Would you like to try? I'd buy airfare just for a handful of yours!
  5. MyPeaceOfFood September 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm #
    Ooh, I never would have thought to roast the AWN-DEEVE! I am allergic to walnuts...think pecans would work?
    • Bev Weidner September 23, 2011 at 2:44 am #
      Pecans would be perfect! Or is it - PEE -CANS. ?
  6. Katie September 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm #
    Oh heck yes. This just looks deee-vine. And I'm sorry to say that I pronounce it N-DIVE. Might as well move into my trailer, now.
  7. Lisa @ Life in Green September 23, 2011 at 12:13 am #
    This looks waayyy better than my plain 'ol arugula and pear combo. Send the nuts this way please!
  8. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray September 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm #
    This looks so good! I could live on candied walnuts.
  9. jenna September 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm #
    that grilled endive looks stunning!! What a wonderful way to start Fall!!!
  10. Deborah September 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm #
    No matter how you say it, this looks delish!!
  11. PJ September 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm #
    Webster's is non-committal on this pronunciation. They go both ways. So, whatever strikes your fancy. I'm a midwest girl. For me it's always been n-dive but awn-deeve is so fun to pronounce. I want this salad now. My lunch did not make me happy. I could really get into throwing some bleu cheese in there. Yummmmmm.
  12. Rodger Helwig September 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm #
    Yes, the correct pronunciation is on-deev. Endive or n-dive is a curly-headed part of the chicory family. To learn more, go to: http://endive.com/how-to-pronounce-endive I'm the marketing director for California Vegetable Specialties, the only grower of endive/on-deev in America.
  13. Lauren September 24, 2011 at 3:21 am #
    I say N-dive. This salad looks amazing. I love pear and nuts in salad.
  14. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven September 26, 2011 at 3:00 am #
    Oh my goodness. Adore the tiny skillet!!! This looks incredible. :)
  15. Sarah January 26, 2012 at 5:33 am #
    Did you know that it is pronounced AWN-DEEVE in French? Maybe that's why it sounds so high class. ;) This salad sounds amazing, by the way!
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