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This cast iron seared endive salad with bacon and paleo caesar dressing looks fancy as France and is a breeze to make. Endives are relatively new to me and seriously what rock have I been living under because they are delicious. They’re just as delicious raw — tossed with some apples and honey lemon vinaigrette — as they are pan seared, grilled, or braised. I’m obsessed! 

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I whipped this salad up the other day on a really relaxing weekend at home. My boyfriend was at a weekend seminar and I went 1000% into creation mode and cooked, created, and photographed recipes. I am at my happiest when I am ‘in flow‘ creating and improvising with some ace music, that good Arizona lighting, and just me and my kinesthetic senses creating something. Where’s it gonna go? Who knows…but that’s the beauty of it.

Honestly, I have the hardest time planning recipes weeks in advance because since I plan on eating what I make I also have to be in the mood for it too, you know? My fridge is always stocked with bacon (hello I’m here to live my best life) so when I saw it AND the endives I smiled. I was like yes, you two, together, today, right now.

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I first fried the bacon in a cast iron pan and then removed it onto a plate with paper towels to blot the excess oil. Then, I cut the endives into vertical halves and fried them in the sizzling bacon fat to give them a savory flavorful charr. Then I also made a paleo caesar dressing that was adapted from this recipe. I had no idea that the culprit behind the savory umami flavor of caesar dressing was anchovies, I was shooketh to my core. Also, a raw egg yolk? Ew but also so damn good. I’m sorry if you didn’t know that and I just ruined your life! Some people are on the fence about consuming raw eggs, not I. I’m good with it as long as they’re fresh.

Anyways, without further adieu — let’s get to this recipe shall we?

Endive Salad with Bacon

Endive salad with crispy bacon, earthy pistachios, sweet heirloom tomatoes, and zesty radishes. Topped with paleo caesar dressing. 

Course Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 endives (cut into vertical halves)
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 tbsp pistachios (shelled and chopped)
  • 1 heirloom tomato (cut into thin slices)
  • 2 radishes (cut into thin slices)

Instructions

  1. In a skillet cook 4 slices of bacon for about 3-5 minutes on each side (until crispy) and set aside. In the same skillet, place endives face down and sear in bacon fat for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve over thin tomato slices and garnish with pistachios, radishes, and your favorite dressing. 

Paleo Caesar Dressing

Easy to whip up paleo caesar dressing. Ingredients include anchovies, oil, egg yolk, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and lemon juice. 

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 6 anchovies (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • juice of a 1/2 a lemon
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Finely mince/mash anchovies and garlic and set aside. In a bowl whisk together egg yolk, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar and slowly/incrementally drizzle oil in and whisk until the mixture thickens. Lastly add in the anchovies and garlic. Add salt and pepper to your liking and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Another method to make this is to use an immersion blender. I don't have one but I hear it's much faster if you do. 

Craving something sweet instead of savory? I just shared my homemade honey roasted peanuts and peanut butter chocolate pudding recipes if you’re looking for a sweet treat!

If you make this recipe or feel inspired to create your own remix tag me over on Instagram @stayfreshfer. I’d love to see! Thank you so much for reading!