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Sweet Pear and Apple Salad with Endive

This salad pairs sweet fruit with mildly bitter endive leaves. A dressing made with creme fraiche and blue cheese gives the salad a tangy, pungent finish. From "Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life" (Hyperion; 2008), by Jamie Oliver.

  • Servings: 4
Sweet Pear and Apple Salad with Endive

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November Fall 2008


  • 4 heads endive, a mixture of red and white, washed and dried
  • 2 apples, cored and julienned
  • 2 pears, cored and each cut into eight wedges
  • Handful soft herbs, such as chervil, tarragon, or parsley, roughly chopped, plus more for serving
  • 2 ounces strong blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar


  1. Place endive in a large bowl. Add apples, pears, and herbs; set salad aside.

  2. In the jar of a blender, combine blue cheese, creme fraiche, olive oil, vinegar, and 6 tablespoons water; blend until smooth, about 16 seconds.

  3. Pour about three-quarters of the blue cheese mixture over salad; toss to coat. Divide salad evenly between 4 plates and drizzle a little more dressing and olive oil over the salads; sprinkle with herbs and serve immediately.

Reviews (2)

  • daisyrain2881 13 Sep, 2010

    This is a VERY good salad! I'm thinking next time I will add grilled chicken to make it a main dish. I did not use the creme fraiche,I used sour cream instead. Also I am an huge blue cheese fan so I would add extra blue cheese next time as well, maybe sprinkle it n the top?

  • ttouey 17 Nov, 2008

    I watched this recipe on TV. I added bacon pieces. Instead of creme fraiche I used half and half. Also, I did not have a pear. It was lovely and I am sure that the original recipe is fantastic.

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