A garlicky anchovy dressing imparts an umami richness to crisp endive leaves in this elegant spring salad, while tiny homemade brioche croutons add just the right amount of crunch.






  • Croutons: Heat oil and butter in a medium skillet over medium-low. Add brioche cubes and cook, stirring often, until golden and crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels; let cool completely. Croutons can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

  • Salad: With the side of a knife, mash anchovies and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a paste. In a small skillet, heat oil and garlic over medium until garlic is sizzling and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; remove garlic with a slotted spoon and reserve for another use. Return skillet to medium heat and add anchovy mixture. Cook, stirring, until mixture dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; slowly whisk in lemon juice. Let cool completely.

  • In a large bowl, toss endive leaves with dressing; lightly season with salt and pepper. Divide among 4 plates and serve, topped with croutons and pepper.

Cook's Notes

If you use salt-cured anchovies instead of oil-packed, soak them in cold water for 10 minutes, then dry them well before using.