12 Escarole Recipes That Everyone Will Love

Escarole and Beans
Photo by Tommy.

Escarole, a leafy green member of the chicory family, is a wonderful addition to salads, soups, and so much more. How can one veggie be so versatile? Well, its tender-yet-sturdy texture means that it cooks quickly without falling apart. Meanwhile, its mild-yet-bitter flavor stands out in a crowd without overpowering your other ingredients. You'll find everything from top-rated Italian wedding soup to simple, healthy salads in this collection of our best escarole recipes.

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Peach and Escarole Salad

Peach and Escarole Salad
Chef John

Here's a handy tip from Chef John: When you're making a salad with escarole, make sure to also use sweet ingredients (like peaches!) to offset the bitterness.

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Escarole Siciliano

Escarole Siciliano
Photo by Buckwheat Queen.

Make this simple Italian salad with just seven ingredients: escarole, olive oil, lemon juice, capers, olives, salt and pepper.

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Chicken Soup with Adzuki Beans, Escarole, and Sweet Potato

Chicken Soup with Adzuki Beans, Escarole, and Sweet Potato
Photo by cookinmama.

This hearty soup is delicious, nutritious, and wonderfully satisfying. Adzuki beans have a "great nutty, slightly sweet taste, and are especially tasty added to chicken soups of any kind," according to recipe creator BFHAWKINS.

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Escarole and Beans

Escarole and Beans
Photo by Tommy.

This filling comfort food works well as a side dish or an entree. Recipe creator KristaP suggests pairing it with warm crusty Italian bread (such as this top-rated loaf).

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Escarole Soup

Escarole Soup

It couldn't be easier to make this 30-minute soup with cannellini beans, escarole, and Italian sausage balls.

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Grilled Escarole

Grilled Escarole
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Escarole is a sturdy vegetable, so it stands up well to heat. These grilled leaves are topped with blue cheese crumbles, ranch salad dressing, and salt and pepper.

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Italian Escarole Pizza

Italian Escarole Pizza

A store-bought pizza crust is topped with pizza sauce, garlic, escarole, and mozzarella. If you have them on hand, add mushrooms and black olives for more flavor.

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Chef John's Beans and Greens

Chef John's Beans and Greens
Photo by Linda.

"Beans and greens has it all: It's very easy and inexpensive to make; it's highly nutritious; it's soulful and comforting; and it can be served as a main course, side dish, soup, vegetable stew, or my personal favorite — as an appetizer," says Chef John.

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Italian Wedding Soup I

Italian Wedding Soup I in a white bowl
naples34102

You can't go wrong with a classic. This top-rated recipe has almost 1,000 rave reviews. "Excellent soup," says reviewer CDNTBEAR. "I made this last weekend for lunch, and it was so good that I had to have it for dinner too!"

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Italian Leafy Green Salad

Italian Leafy Green Salad
CC<3's2bake

This colorful, restaurant-worthy salad (with escarole, radicchio, bell peppers, and more healthy veggies) comes together in just 15 minutes.

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Gnocchi, Spinach, and Meatball Soup

Gnocchi, Spinach, and Meatball Soup
MyHotSouthernMess

Warm up with this hearty soup on a chilly winter night. "This is similar to an Italian wedding soup but creamy with meatballs and potato gnocchi," according to recipe creator James.

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Midwinter Greens Tonic

Three tall highball glasses filled with a midwinter green tonic. garnished with a stick of celery and lemon twist
Allrecipes Magazine

This green juice — with escarole, spinach, kale, and a Granny Smith apple — packs a powerfully healthy punch.

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