Chicken, Apple & Gorgonzola Salad On Endive

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

You will love this Chicken, Apple & Gorgonzola Salad recipe. It's full of fresh crisp flavors and quick and easy to prepare!

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

Directions:

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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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.

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  1. Natalie — September 27, 2011 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    Looks refreshing and delicious!

  2. Alysa (InspiredRD) — September 27, 2011 @ 9:33 pm (#)

    These look perfect for any party!

  3. jess white @athriftyfoodie — September 28, 2011 @ 11:18 am (#)

    mmm, gotta love that gorgonzola!

  4. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 28, 2011 @ 2:46 pm (#)

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

  5. Nicole @halfbuzzedhostess — October 18, 2011 @ 3:08 pm (#)

    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!

  6. Kim Mitchell — November 3, 2011 @ 9:12 pm (#)

    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.