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Wilted Curly Endive

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

This warm salad is a deliciously different way to serve lettuce. Unlike other wilted versions, this one is not sweet. Vinegar and bacon give it old-fashioned savory goodness.
Wilted Curly Endive Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 12 bacon strips, diced
  • 3 large bunches curly endive
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Reserve 3 tablespoons drippings. Cut or tear endive from center stalk; discard stalks.
  2. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring water and 1-1/2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Add endive; cover and cook until wilted, 3 minutes. Drain. Stir in the bacon, vinegar, onion, pepper, reserved drippings and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 256 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1216mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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