Recipe: Grilled Endive with Shallot-Bacon Vinaigrette

by JJ Virgin on July 11, 2017

Endive is a leafy vegetable in the chicory family, along with radicchio, frisee, and escarole. It has a naturally bitter flavor that sweetens beautifully when grilled.

Because you can’t go wrong with bacon, the grilled endive in this recipe is drizzled with a rich and tangy shallot-bacon vinaigrette. Make a double batch, and you’ve got a great salad dressing or marinade on hand.

Grilled Endive with Shallot-Bacon Vinaigrette joins Strip Steaks with Tomatoes, Olives, and Parsley; Peach and Berry Coconut Crisp; and Lemon-Aid in our Great American BBQ menu.

Grilled Endive with Shallot-Bacon Vinaigrette


July 11, 2017

Endive is a crispy, leafy vegetable that tastes even better when it’s grilled and served with the simple bacon, shallot, and mustard dressing in this recipe.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings


2 slices nitrate-free uncured bacon

2 tbsp chopped shallots

5 tsp walnut oil

2 tsp white wine vinegar

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp olive oil, plus more for the pan

6 endive, halved lengthwise


1Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning once, until crisp, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

2Return the skillet to the heat and add the shallots; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from skillet from the heat and whisk in the walnut oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Immediately transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

3Lightly brush the endives with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Lightly dampen a paper towel with a small amount of olive oil and wipe a grill pan with it; heat over medium-high heat.

4Add the endives and cook, turning once, until nicely marked and starting to wilt, 6 minutes. Transfer to a platter and spoon the reserved vinaigrette and bacon over the endive.

Originally published in JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2015

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Nutrition Facts

Sodium200 mg
Protein2 grams
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat9 grams
Saturated Fat1 gram
Total Carbohydrates4 grams
Dietary Fiber2 grams

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