Belgian endive salad

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
⅓ cup White Wine Vinegar
⅔ cup Olive Oil
4 \N 3 ounce Belgian Endives
\N \N Assorted Wild or Pickled
\N \N Mushrooms
\N \N Assorted fresh herbs and
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Sugar
\N \N Pesticide-free edible
\N \N Flowers
\N \N Pickled Ginger, sliced
1 \N Plum Tomato



Marinade: In a screw-top jar combine wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and sugar. Cover and shake well. Set aside.

Belgian Endive Salad: Cut Belgian endive into fan shapes. Using a large knife, cut each endive lengthwise from endive tips to base, cutting to but not through the base. Turn endive a quarter turn and cut lengthwise again. This now forms 4 large "petals." Cut each quarter lengthwise again to form 8"petals" that are still held intact by the base.

Run cold water into center of each endive. Drain. Arrange in a shallow dish. Shake marinade and pour over endive. Marinate 10 minutes, spooning marinade over endive twice. Remove endive from marinade with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels, patting gently to remove excess marinade.

On each of 4 serving plates, spread out an endive "fan." Scatter mushrooms over endive. Decorate endive "petals" with fresh herbs and flowers to resemble a flower arrangement. Arrange ginger on each endive near base. Halve tomato crosswise, using a zigzag cut. Remove pulp and seeds. Cut each tomato half in half again, lenghtwise. Fit a tomato quarter over base of each endive to form a "vase." Source: Victoria Magazine, April 1994 Typed by Katherine Smith Cyberealm BBS Watertown NY and Home of Kook-Net 315-786-1120

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