Endive and Beet Appetizer

Simple and delicious endive salad combining an excellent, crunchy texture and a delicate, bittersweet taste of Belgian endive with lemony cream fraîche and sweet earthy beets.

Endive and Beet with Lemon Cream

Preparation: 20 min 

What you need:

For the salad::

    4 large or small heads Belgian endive, cored
    1 cooked beetroot
    2 boiled eggs
    About 1/3 of a pound (150 g) of Comté, or Gruyère cheese

For the sauce:

    ½ cup cream fraîche
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 tablespoon chopped chives
    Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

  1. Wash the endive in cold water, pat dry, cut off the base, and remove the outer thicker leaves that often are too bitter. Quarter the endives lengthwise and slice crosswise into ½-inch slices.
  2. Cook and peel the beets, then cut them into a small dice. Shell the eggs, and cut them into slices. Cut the cheese into small cubes. Transfer the vegetables and cheese into a mixing bowl and set aside the slices of egg for decoration.
  3. Prepare the sauce by mixing cream fraîche with lemon juice and a sprinkling of chives. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce into the bowl with other ingredient, and combine gently but thoroughly to coat the vegetables.
  4. On an oval serving platter, arrange the salad in the center, surround it with slices of egg, and then sprinkle the remainder of chives for garnish. Serve chilled.

Serves 4

More beet recipes? Try these recommendations:

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