This month the letters were E or F, and remember you have to choose a vegetable, fruit, bean or grain. I chose endive because I had never eaten it before.
Did you know there are different kinds of endive? I didn't, until I got to the store and saw just plain endive, which looked like lettuce kinda, and Belgian endive, which looked like tiny little white corn on the cob husks, and are hollow when peeled off the head. I went with the endive lettuce. When I got home I saw that the original recipe called for California endive. Good God, could endive be anymore confusing? :)
Oh well, it was still delicious. I mean, how can you go wrong with all those ingredients in a salad? Avocado, bacon, homemade dressing with chipotles! And I added some diced onions, just because. And let's be honest here, the endive was just there to soak up all that dressing. What, isn't that the purpose of lettuce in a salad? :) I kid, I kid. Kinda.
Endive, Avocado, and Bacon Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing
adapted from All Day I Dream About Food
*Yields: 2 small side salads
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons mayo
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 gloves garlic, minced
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon adobo sauce
- 3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 head of endive lettuce, chopped
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1/2 a roma tomato, diced
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1-2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a sealable glass jar and shake vigorously.
For the salad, divide chopped endive lettuce among two salad plates. Sprinkle with avocado, tomatoes, bacon, onion, and cheese. Drizzle with dressing. Remaining dressing can be stored in fridge.
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