Chicken, Apple & Gorgonzola Salad On Endive

September 27, 2011 by Ali

This summer I was approached by my friend Kelly, along with two other amazing girls from our church, to help out with the annual benefit for the Kyrie Foundation (an organization raising support/awareness of pediatric brain cancer research). She was looking for some help making warm hors d’oeuvres’ for the event….for 200 people!!! Any of you who followed my blog back during my last catering experience knew that I swore off cooking for more than a dining-room-full of people ever again. But a great cause and good friends are apparently persuasive. :)

So this past weekend, we decided to do a “test run” of the six main appetizers we will be making to serve at the event (alongside some other apps donated by some beloved local restaurants). I was assigned to create some sort of chicken salad on endive recipe, so thought I would share with you what I came up with!

Basically, I just combined some of my favorite autumn green salad ingredients into a simple chicken salad — crisp apples, seasoned chicken, gorgonzola (or blue cheese) and lots of toasted pecans. Yum! I actually made the initial test version with blue cheese, which was delicious, but we decided to use gorgonzola for the event since we already have some other blue cheese dishes. All in all, it was extremely easy, quick, and the presentation is oh-la-la classy with the endive. The girls gave the recipe a big thumbs up, so would definitely recommend it to you all as well!

Wish me luck in November when we make (ahem) 350 of these little guys!! Ha — I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the craziness. (But all for a great cause!!)

Chicken, Apple & Gorgonzola Salad in Endive

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, cored and diced (I used Fuji)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken (optional)
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 4 oz. gorgonzla or blue cheese, crumbled
  • 5 Tbsp. mayo
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary powder (or 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary)
  • pinch of salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 3 Belgian endives, leaves separated
  • 1/2 toasted pecans, chopped

Method

In a medium mixing bowl, toss apples with lemon juice until well-coated. Add in chicken, celery, cheese, mayo, and rosemary, and stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Scoop your desired size of serving into one endive leaf, then sprinkle it with toasted pecans. Repeat with remaining salad and endive leaves. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Ali’s Tip:

If you opt to add chicken to these, I would highly recommend seasoning the chicken with some herbs before it is cooked to add a little extra flavor. Otherwise, the flavor of the chicken will likely blend into the other ingredients.

filed in Appetizers, Chicken

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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6 thoughts on “Chicken, Apple & Gorgonzola Salad On Endive

  1. This was awesome! Easy to make, especially because I bought roasted chicken at Costco, rather than making my own. My husband is making the filling this weekend to fill pastry cups for my birthday party! The flavor is very distinct and good! I highly recommend this recipe.

    - Kim Mitchell

  2. These are so sweet looking! It’s all about the presentation. Good luck making 350 of them. I hope you have some friends to help you fill!

    - Nicole @halfbuzzedhostess

  3. This looks lovely! I just love endive, and it’s so perfect with gorgonzola. Yum :)

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  4. mmm, gotta love that gorgonzola!

    - jess white @athriftyfoodie

  5. These look perfect for any party!

    - Alysa (InspiredRD)

  6. Looks refreshing and delicious!

    - Natalie