Endive Avocado & Bacon Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Endive Avocado Bacon Salad with Chipotle Ranch DressingBreak out of your salad rut with some California Endive.  It makes a great base for your favourite salad toppings, like avocado, bacon and chipotle ranch dressing!

I want to be clear that this blog is not truly representative of what I eat, day to day.  If you were to judge my diet simply by the recipes you see here, you would think all I ever ate were muffins, cookies and cake, with the occasional entree, and savoury dish.  Truth be told, I feature baked goods and desserts so prominently mostly because they photograph easily and I can make them in the middle of the day for good lighting.  Main courses are definitely harder, because I want them to be as fresh as possible for my family to eat and I don’t want to hold them up while I scramble for photos.  I am quite certain that doing so would put my very patient and understanding husband right over the edge, because when he’s hungry, he’s hungry!  So if I have a main dish I want to feature, I am usually left trying to warm up with leftovers the next day and  make them look freshly cooked.

And you might think I don’t eat a lot of veggies because there are relatively few salads and side dishes on All Day I Dream About Food.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  Vegetables and I are very good friends and I usually eat many servings per day.  In fact, I often have salad for breakfast.  That’s the straight up truth.  Actually, I usually have it for “second breakfast”, after a run or a workout.  I come home, grab some veggies, chop them, dress them and proceed to stuff my face.  I’ve discovered that salad early on in the day is a great way to feel healthy and full.  A well-dressed, flavourful salad is as filling and satisfying as anything else, and you have the added benefit of feeling virtuous after eating it.

Endive Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

I was once again asked to join the OnDiva campaign, to get the word out there on this versatile, delicious and healthy vegetable.  And I am more than happy to do so, because I love it.  I’ve  decided that I like it best raw, as a scoop for dips and chopped up in salads.  I sometimes use it in addition to regular lettuce and sometimes to replace the lettuce altogether.  I love the crunchy texture and the flavour, and they go with pretty much anything.  For this recipe, it suddenly popped in my head how much I’d love some serious Southwestern flavour.  Some endive, some avocado, some tomatoes, some crumbled bacon and a seriously spicy Chipotle Ranch dressing and I am in salad heaven.  I ate this as a main course the first night and proceeded to make it again for second breakfast the next day (after I got a few photos!).

And when I had a little leftover ranch dressing, I proceeded to use endive leaves to scoop it up as a snack.  Honestly, you can’t let these goodies go to waste!

Endive Avocado and Bacon Salad with Chipotle Ranch

This post is sponsored by Discover Endive.  All opinions are my own.

Endive Avocado & Bacon Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

    Dressing:
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ to 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, minced
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • Salad:
  • 4 heads California Endive, ends removed, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a sealable glass jar and shake vigorously.
  2. For the salad, divide chopped endive among four salad plates. Sprinkle with avocado, tomatoes, bacon and cheese.
  3. Drizzle with 1 tbsp dressing and pass the remaining dressing at the table.

Notes

Serves 4. Each serving has 10.7 g of carbs and 6 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 4.7 g.

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Comments

  1. I’ve never had endive. But it looks great!

  2. Ooh I love endive, its one of national dishes here in the Netherlands, I will definitelly make this!

  3. Salsa would also be great with this. My favorite salsa is at demystifycooking.com. It is easy one.

  4. I love everything about this salad. The endive (love the flavor), the smoky bacon and the kick from the chipotles. This is a great way to get out of the regular salad rut.

  5. what happened with including the picture when you to to print the recipe?

  6. Oh this looks healthy and oh so delicious!

  7. Can you give us the carb count on the dressing alone?

    • Carolyn says:

      If you do the full 2 tbsp of dressing, it’s about 3 g per serving. I never do use the full 2 tbsp myself with any dressing, I find it too much.

  8. This looks sooo good! I love everything about it, especially the dressing!

  9. HAHAHA! I know.. I wonder how many people think I eat crap all day because of the recipes I put up (the trick is to give them away). Love this chopped salad. And bacon isn’t really meat, right?

  10. I feel a little bit ashamed that I’ve never had endive before. I always eye it at the grocery store, but don’t quite know how to tackle it. I’m going to have to give it a try!

  11. Great recipe! My whole family will love this :)

  12. Endive and avocado is a great combo! Sounds great with the chipotle ranch too. Endive leaves are so perfect for scooping–just the thing to do with extra leaves.

  13. I haven’t stopped by in awhile, I hope you are doing well! It is funny, my blog posts are so random. Most of the time my posts revolve around my cravings LOL! Your salad looks fabulous! I don eat endive enough, I did grill endive last year, it was fabulous! Hugs, Terra

  14. I love the sounds of this dressing Carolyn – Greek Yogurt is one of my favorite ingredients these days!

  15. Oh that ranch dressing! Yes please!

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