Endive and Orange Salad Recipe from Belgium with Pecans and Kale

Endive and Orange Salad

Endive and Orange Salad Recipe from Belgium with Pecans and Kale
Region / culture: Belgium | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 4


Endive and Orange Salad
Endive and Orange Salad

Endive and Orange Salad is a refreshing and vibrant dish that combines the bitterness of endive with the sweetness of oranges. This salad is perfect for a light and healthy meal or as a side dish to complement a main course.


The combination of endive and oranges in a salad is a classic French dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. The bitter flavor of endive pairs perfectly with the sweet and tangy taste of oranges, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.


How to prepare

  1. Place a few leaves of kale on each of four individual salad plates.
  2. Divide the endive and oranges equally on each plate, sprinkle pecans on top, and add a spoonful of dressing. I recommend using vinaigrette.


  • Add crumbled goat cheese or feta for a creamy and tangy twist.
  • Substitute walnuts or almonds for the pecans for a different flavor profile.
  • Drizzle with a balsamic glaze or honey for added sweetness.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to wash the kale and endive thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.

- When sectioning the oranges, be sure to remove all the white pith to avoid any bitterness in the salad.

- Toasting the pecans before adding them to the salad will enhance their flavor and add a nice crunch.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Endive and Orange Salad as a light lunch or as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish. It pairs well with a glass of white wine or a citrusy cocktail.

Cooking Techniques

Massaging the kale with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice before assembling the salad will help to tenderize the leaves and reduce bitterness.

- Use a sharp knife to section the oranges to ensure clean and neat slices.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use arugula or spinach in place of kale for a milder flavor.

- Swap out the endive for radicchio or watercress for a different texture.

Make Ahead Tips

The Endive and Orange Salad can be assembled up to a few hours in advance, but wait to add the dressing until just before serving to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the salad on a large platter for a beautiful and colorful presentation. Garnish with fresh herbs or edible flowers for an elegant touch.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the Endive and Orange Salad with a light and crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. For a non-alcoholic option, try serving with a sparkling water infused with citrus slices.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The salad is best enjoyed fresh and should not be reheated.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 200 per serving


Carbohydrates: 18g per serving


Total Fat: 12g per serving

Saturated Fat: 1g per serving


Protein: 4g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C: 80% of daily value per serving

Vitamin A: 60% of daily value per serving

Calcium: 8% of daily value per serving

Iron: 6% of daily value per serving


Contains nuts (pecans)


Endive and Orange Salad is a nutritious dish that is high in vitamin C and vitamin A. It is a good source of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, making it a well-rounded meal option.


Endive and Orange Salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that is easy to prepare and full of flavor. With a perfect balance of bitter, sweet, and tangy flavors, this salad is sure to become a favorite for any occasion.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a cherished one. It was a sunny day in the springtime, and I was visiting my dear friend Marie in her quaint little cottage by the sea. Marie was always full of surprises, and on this particular day, she had a special treat in store for me.

As I walked into her cozy kitchen, I was greeted by the most tantalizing aroma. Marie was busy chopping fresh endive and slicing juicy oranges, a smile playing on her lips. "I'm making my favorite endive and orange salad," she announced with a twinkle in her eye. "Would you like to learn how to make it?"

I eagerly agreed, taking a seat at the wooden table as Marie began to explain the recipe to me. She told me that the key to a delicious endive and orange salad was in the balance of flavors - the bitterness of the endive, the sweetness of the oranges, and the tanginess of the dressing. I watched intently as she tossed the ingredients together, her hands moving with practiced ease.

As we sat down to enjoy our meal, I took my first bite of the salad and my taste buds were immediately delighted. The crispness of the endive contrasted beautifully with the juicy sweetness of the oranges, and the vinaigrette dressing added a zesty kick. It was a perfect combination of flavors, and I knew that I had to learn how to make it myself.

Over the years, I have made this endive and orange salad countless times, each time tweaking the recipe to suit my own taste. I have shared it with friends and family, and it has become a staple at gatherings and celebrations. Every time I make it, I am reminded of that sunny day in Marie's kitchen, and the joy of discovering a new recipe that would become a favorite.

The secret to a good endive and orange salad, I have found, lies in the quality of the ingredients. I always make sure to choose the freshest endive and the juiciest oranges, as their flavors are what truly make the dish shine. For the dressing, I use a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a touch of honey. It complements the salad perfectly, bringing all the flavors together in harmony.

As I reflect on the journey of learning to make this recipe, I am grateful for the legacy of culinary knowledge that has been passed down to me. My grandmother was a master in the kitchen, and she instilled in me a love for cooking and experimenting with flavors. I have learned so much from her, and I know that she would be proud to see me carrying on the tradition of creating delicious meals to share with loved ones.

In the end, it is not just about the food itself, but the memories and experiences that come with it. The joy of discovering a new recipe, the satisfaction of creating something delicious with your own hands, and the happiness of sharing it with others. These are the things that make cooking such a special and rewarding endeavor, and I am grateful for all the recipes, like this endive and orange salad, that have enriched my life.


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