Endive Salad with Stilton and Apples


6 shallots (about 1 oz. each), peeled

About 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 Granny Smith or Newtown Pippin apples (1 lb. total), rinsed

1 pound white endive (see notes)

1 pound red endive or red radicchio (see notes)

2/3 pound Stilton cheese, crumbled

Salt and pepper


1. In an 8- or 9-inch-wide pan, mix shallots with about 1 teaspoon olive oil. Bake in a 350° oven, stirring occasionally, until shallots are slightly browned and barely tender when pierced, about 40 minutes (20 to 25 minutes in a convection oven). When cool enough to touch, finely chop.

2. In a wide bowl, mix shallots, 1/2 cup olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and sugar. Peel apples, quarter, core, and cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch slivers. Add to bowl and mix with dressing.

3. Cut white and red endive lengthwise into 1/8-inch-wide slices. Add endive and cheese to bowl. Mix gently, and season salad to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 10-12. 

Sunset Magazine, November 2000.