#SundaySupper Endive Spears Topped With Apple, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Salad

September 23, 2012

I have to admit. When I saw the #SundaySupper topic was Autumn Apple Party, I thought I might skip this week. I couldn’t think of one dish I’d ever made with apples…and I don’t think dipping them in peanut butter counts.

However, after a bit of thought, I decided to accept the challenge and go outside my comfort zone and try something new. I thought about applesauce or pork chops with apples, but most of the ideas that came to mind were already accounted for.  So, while searching on my favorite recipe website, I stumbled upon this apple salad served in endive and thought not only did it sound tasty, but it’s a great appetizer.  You don’t need utensils and it can be enjoyed in just one, or two, bites.

I tested this recipe on my co-workers earlier this week and it went over okay.  I didn’t follow the recipe to a “t,” and eye-balled everything and it turned out a little too blue-cheesy and mayonnaise-y.  The also didn’t have endive at the Farmer’s Market (well, they had a sign that said “endive” but the lettuce underneath was not endive) so I served it over chopped red lettuce.  It was “eh.”

I made it again last night and followed the recipe almost verbatim (put a little less blue cheese and added pepper) and it came out absolutely delicious — and I found endive at Kroger, whew!  Such a gorgeous presentation and still a hit with the guys that came over to watch football.  Will definitely make again!

P.S. In my hunt for apple recipes, I found an amazing one for apple butter. It may have taken 14 hours to prepare, but it was worth the wait.  I will be sharing that recipe soon!

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Yummy pre-game nibble

Endive Spears Topped With Apple, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Salad

printable recipe

  • 1 large Gala apple, cored and cut into 1/8-inch dice
  • ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 celery stalks,chopped
  • 3 Tbs. light mayo
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 “head” of endive, leaves separated 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

In a medium bowl, combine the apple, blue cheese, celery, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To assemble, mound a small spoonful of the apple mixture onto the core end of each endive leaf. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts and serve.

Here’s our Autumn Apple Party Menu from members of the #SundaySupper community!

Soups, Salads, Starters and Breads

Main Meals

Sides

Desserts

Beverages

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite apple recipes! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat!  We’d also love to feature your apple recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!

80 Responses to “#SundaySupper Endive Spears Topped With Apple, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Salad”

  1. Laura Hunter Says:

    Good job for pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. I think this is a very clever idea turning a salad into an appetizer.


  2. Turning it into an appetizer was a great idea! Love the combination of blue cheese, apple and hazelnut! :)


  3. What a smart recipe, and unique! I can’t say I’ve tried anything like it: sounds refreshing!

  4. Faye Leong Says:

    A good idea of salad….like it very much with hazelnut and blue cheese! Thanks for sharing.

  5. crazykwistin Says:

    I love the combination of apples and blue cheese on a salad, this is brilliant to put in in an endive and make it handheld!!!


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  7. Food Stories Says:

    I love that you didn’t sit this one out … These look great … Happy Sunday :-)


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  14. A classic combo on endive sounds delicious!

  15. Patti Says:

    I love anything in lettuce cups! This sounds like a great combo – easy and elegant!


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  20. diabeticfoodie Says:

    Gala is my favorite apple and I have some hazelnuts left over from…something…that I need to use. I’ll definitely be trying this!


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  23. Kudos for your encore try of this recipe! I love endives and apples. This is a great combo of flavors!


  24. I love the combo of hazelnuts, blue cheese, and apples. What an elegant pre-game snack!


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  30. I absolutely love an endive and blue cheese salad. I usually have it with pear but a nice crisp apple is a wonderful alternative.

  31. apapina Says:

    This sounds so refreshing! I’ve been craving crispy things like lettuce and endive lately… must be eating too many rich foods!

  32. patsy Says:

    This is my favorite kind of appetizer… the flavors are all so perfect for fall, too!


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  34. Chelsea Says:

    These look delish for an elegant Fall appetizer!

  35. sunithi Says:

    ooh love this simple recipe. Would make a perfect nibble. So glad you went out of your comfort zone ;)


  36. Great salad! I confess, I’m not a blue cheese lover, but swap with a little goat and I’m good to go!


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  38. I’m glad you decided to join in anyway since this recipe sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it.


  39. I love this post because I can totally relate – I’ve made so many dishes where it’s taken me several tries to get right. Sounds like you did it with the last attempt :) This sounds like the perfect appie (although I’d have to omit the blue cheese. Just me being picky!).


  40. This looks so yummy and tasty. I can’t wait for your apple butter recipe please share asap!

  41. Chris Baccus Says:

    So happy joined this week as this looks good and simple.


  42. What a classic and elegant combo!

  43. mommasmeals Says:

    What a refreshing dish! Love it!


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  45. Tara Noland Says:

    This is one of my favorites, love apple and blue cheese together!!


  46. I love that it is served in endive, such a great way to add something extra to a dish1

  47. Kim Bee Says:

    SImple and delicious. Perfection!


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  49. These were awsome although I only got about two bites because my buddy ate them all.

  50. Soni Says:

    Love the idea of serving apple salad like this!!Cannot wait to try it for my next party :)


  51. YUM! Looks delicious! I would totally serve this for pre-game eats! Great alternative!

  52. Liz Says:

    Oh, boy, this is a beauty! I love using endive leaves as scoops…and who wouldn’t love the apple, blue cheese and hazelnut topping :) Excellent #SS recipe~

  53. Sarah Says:

    I love endive. The only problem with endive is that it’s not always available and it’s kind of pricey. I guess that is just the sacrifice we foodies make for specialty produce. But I love your presentation and the flavors sound amazing together!


  54. This is a beautiful presentation! And those flavors all together sound so good.


  55. I just tried to talk my husband into trying Endive Spears the other day! Maybe after making this he will!


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