Endive, Apple and Walnut Salad

This classic French combination makes a great autumn and winter salad. Walnuts and apples are always a good mix, and their flavors contrast nicely with the bitter endive. Gruyère cheese has a nutty flavor and adds a bit of protein, as well.


For the salad

  • 1 pound (about 6) Belgian endives
  • 1 tart apple
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Scant 1/2 cup broken walnut pieces
  • 1 ½ ounces Gruyère cheese, cut in thin slivers about 1/3 heaped cup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or a mix of chopped fresh parsley and chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

For the dressing

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

      267 calories; 24 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 9 grams monounsaturated fat; 10 grams polyunsaturated fat; 9 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 3 grams sugars; 4 grams protein; 7 milligrams cholesterol; 64 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

Serves six


For the salad

  1. Remove any damaged outer leaves of the endives and rinse with cold water. Dry with paper towels, then separate the leaves, or slice crosswise, about 1/2 inch thick. Place in a wide salad bowl. Add the walnuts, gruyère, parsley and tarragon.
  2. Quarter the apple and cut away the core, then slice very thin (you should have at least 16 slices). Place in a bowl of water acidulated with 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  3. Whisk together the vinegars, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the oils. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Drain the apple slices, dry on paper towels, then add to the salad bowl. Toss with the dressing and serve.
  • Advance preparation: You can prepare all of the ingredients several hours ahead. Keep the apples in the acidulated water. Refrigerate all of the ingredients until ready to assemble the salad. Martha Rose Shulman can be reached at martha-rose-shulman.com.

15 minutes

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