What a simple, fresh salad. Jake loved learning how easy it is to work with avocados, from peeling and pitting them to dicing the creamy flesh. The key, of course, is finding perfectly ripe avocados…our first try at Citarella yielded bright green baseballs, which we wisely left at the store.

The salad is bright and lemony, with a nice textural contrast between the crunchy endive and the creamy avocados. Unfortunately, instead of serving this as a salad course, we ate it alongside lamb chops and grilled veggies. As I got into the lamb, I found the avocado way too rich. I would stick to this dish as a salad course, with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Ben, on the other hand, would’ve eaten the entire plate by himself! And Zack—let’s just say that endive and avocados just ain’t his thang.



Endive & Avocado Salad

From Barefoot Contessa Parties! by Ina Garten, ©2001


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 heads endive
  • 3 ripe Haas avocados, peeled and seeded

Whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to make a vinaigrette. Remove a 1/2-inch from the stem end of each endive, discard the core, and cut the rest across into 1-inch chunks. Cut the avocados into large dice or wedges. Toss the avocados and endive with the vinaigrette. Season, to taste, and serve at room temperature.

4 Responses to “Barefoot Contessa Endive & Avocado Salad”

  1. Lucy says:

    I was looking for an avocado and endives recipe and was delighted to find your website. But I couldn’t find the recipe (the link to food network takes you to a salmon recipe). Would you be so kind to share the recipe? Thanks!

  2. Andrea says:

    Oops! So sorry, Lucy…and thank you for letting me know about the incorrect link. Here’s the actual link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/endive-and-avocado-salad-recipe/index.html



  3. Lucy says:

    Thank you very much for your so prompt response!! I already made it and it’s DELICIOUS 🙂 .

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