Right now, as everyone is hunkered down at home or practicing social distancing, (funny how quickly that phrase became part of daily lexicon), most of us are spending more time cooking at home.
Have been cooking all sorts of things- sous vide blade roast, pastas, salads, soups, frittatas. Even oatmeal cookies with coconut, butterscotch morsels and toasted walnuts. But this post is about a salad I had for dinner last night. Filling on its own with crusty bread, but perfect as a side for steak. I have made it twice this week. No joke.
Endive & Romaine Salad with Apples and Hazelnuts
1 Head Hearts of Romaine, quartered and chopped
3 Small Endive, quartered and chopped
1 Gala Apple, cut into matchsticks
1/2 C of Toasted Hazelnuts
1/2 Cup Shaved Parm
1/2 C Blue Cheese crumbled
3 T White Balsamic Vinegar
Ranch Dressing ( make your own or use a good quality refrigerated one from the market) Here is a great recipe for homemade: https://thesaltymarshmallow.com/easy-homemade-ranch-dressing/
Optional: Homemade Croutons (But does add an additional crunch and flavor profile. I cut day old bread into cubes, toss in EVOO and kosher salt and add 2 T minced garlic. Place on baking sheet in oven set to 350F for about 20-25 minutes till brown and crisp outside, chewy inside.)
Putting It Together:
Place the two lettuces and apple into a bowl. Toss with the white balsamic. Add in hazelnuts, blue and Parmesan cheeses. Toss again. Add in Ranch dressing, croutons and toss again. Done! May become your families fav like it is ours!