Endive Pear Salad Bites With Maple Vinaigrette


This is a lovely alternative to a traditional appetizer. It can be passed or served as a salad course. Makes an excellent starter for Thanksgiving or an elegant fall dinner party.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup olive oil

  • cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

  • 1 head Belgian endive separated into leaves

  • 1 Bartlett pear, cored and diced

  • ¼ cup candied walnuts

  • ¼ cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 green onion, sliced


  1. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard together in a blender; blend until smooth.

  2. Arrange the endive on a serving platter with the rounded side down so that the leaves act as little bowls. Fill the endive with the diced pear, walnuts, and Gorgonzola cheese. Be careful to not overfill if you want to pass these. Carefully drizzle the dressing over the filling. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with green onion to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

664 Calories
62g Fat
26g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 664
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 62g 79%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 188mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 149mg 11%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 523mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.