I’m so excited Belgian endive is finally back in season! As a child I had a strong love-hate relationship with certain types of vegetables. Brussels sprouts and cooked cabbage were a definite no-go, whereas Belgian endive was one of those veggies I couldn’t get enough of. Not an obvious choice at such a young age – Belgian endive is rather bitter – but my mom prepared it so well I always asked for a second serving. This Belgian Endive Salad with Orange and Walnuts is one of my favorite ways to serve this Belgian classic raw. It’s a simple, no-fuss dish you can throw together in just 15 minutes. If you like endive, orange and walnuts, you’re in for a treat!
Did you know that bitter vegetables help you to feel satisfied quicker and reduce sugar cravings? They’ll also help your liver to flush out toxins, which in turn will lead to better sleep and higher energy levels.
Belgian Endive Salad with Orange and Walnuts
SERVES: 2 people
EQUIPMENT: glass jar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon walnut oil (or olive oil)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Black pepper & Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt, to taste
Belgian Endive Salad
2 stalks Belgian endive
2 large handfuls leafy greens
1 ½ cup cooked quinoa (or amaranth, buckwheat)
2 small oranges, sliced into rounds (or mandarin orange, grapefruit, blood orange…)
Chives, finely chopped (or other herbs)
1 large handful walnuts, roughly chopped
- Combine lemon juice, walnut oil, maple syrup in a glass jar. Add black pepper and sea salt to taste. Close the lid and shake well.
- Taste and adjust the flavorings if needed.
Belgian Endive Salad
- Cut the Belgian endive stalks lengthwise into thin wedges.
- Serve them with the leafy greens, quinoa and orange slices.
- Top with chopped chives and walnuts.
- Pour the walnut dressing on top or serve it on the side.
JULIE’S TIPS & TRICKS:
- This Belgian endive salad will stay fresh for 2 days or longer in an airtight container in the refrigerator, especially if you store the dressing in a separate container. Chilled, the walnut dressing will stay fresh for at least 1 week.
- This walnut dressing tastes really great with a spoonful of mustard too!
Now I would love to hear from you! What helps you to reduce sugar cravings? Do you have any top tips? Let me know by leaving a comment down below.