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This recipe from Gourmet Magazine (October 1998) makes a wonderfully simple and delicious winter salad. The dressing is fabulous and you may want to try it on other salads. (Also, this makes a lightly dressed salad, some may want to double the dressing. Cut the apple soon before serving so that it does not brown. You can also try this with raw (untoasted) or candied nuts. Enjoy!
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a shallow baking pan toast walnuts in middle of oven until fragrant, about 10 minutes, and cool. Chop walnuts.
- In a small bowl whisk together vinegars and 1/2 teaspoon honey and add oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
- Separate 4 outer leaves from each endive and arrange 3 leaves on each of 4 plates. Cut remaining endive crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices and put in a large bowl. Peel apple and using a mandoline or other manual slicer cut thin slices lengthwise from 4 sides, stopping just before core. Make small stacks of slices and cut stacks into thin julienne strips.
- Toss sliced endive with dressing and divide among plates, mounding on whole leaves. Top salads with Gorgonzola, walnuts, apple, chives, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle remaining 2 teaspoons honey over salads.
We had this as finger food for a 4th of July Party and it was wonderful. I changed it up a little bit by using candied pecans and grated the apple as a slaw style topping. A very nice mix of savory and sweet and it would make a great afternoon summer snack.