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Apple and endive salad

Recipe by:Executive Chef Ben Mattman
JW Marriott, San Francisco

Ingredients

  • 3 heads red Belgian endive
    3 heads Belgian endive
    2 Fuji or Honeycrisp apples
    Juice of 1/2 Meyer lemon
    1/2 head frisée lettuce
    12 walnut halves, toasted (about 1/2 cup; see note)
    6 tbsp. white balsamic vinaigrette dressing (recipe follows)
    Salt and white pepper, to taste
    1 tsp. finely cut chives
  • White balsamic vinaigrette dressing
    1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
    3/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
    2 tbsp. fresh orange juice
    1/4 shallot, peeled and minced
    2 1/4 tsp. honey
    1 pinch finely chopped garlic
    1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. canola oil (75/25 blend)
    Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Wash and dry endive and apples. Cut endives lengthwise into julienne strips. Halve and core apples and cut into julienne strips. Dress apples with lemon juice.

White balsamic vinaigrette dressing
In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, orange juice, shallot, honey and garlic. While whisking, slowly pour in oil in a steady stream. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine endives, apples, frisee lettuce, walnuts and vinaigrette, tossing gently. Season with salt and white pepper and plate. Sprinkle chives over salad.

Note: To prepare walnut halves, toast in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until crisp and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Serves 2 (or 4 small appetizer salads)

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