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Author Notes: This salad relies on three simple, but absolutely delicious elements: tender endive, warm slab bacon, and creamy buttermilk ranch dressing. I like to finish things off with excessive amounts of black pepper, but that part's up to you. —Elizabeth Stark
For the buttermilk ranch dressing:
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 teaspoon minced shallot
- 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 cup buttermilk, shaken vigorously
- 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 splash sherry vinegar
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley, plus more for garnish
- 2 teaspoons minced chives, plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
- ground black pepper to taste
For the salad:
- 1/4 pound thick-cut bacon
- 6 Belgian endives
- sea salt, to taste
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh herbs
- In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir in shallot, garlic, lemon zest, and mustard powder. Slowly whisk in buttermilk. Next, whisk in 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice (until dressing reaches desired thickness) and the sherry vinegar. Finally, fold in herbs and black pepper. Cover bowl and set dressing in the fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes, but preferably overnight. Recipe makes approximately 1 cup.
- To prepare the salad, cook bacon over medium heat until edges have crisped. Briefly cool on a plate lined with paper towels, and then chop.
- Core endives, remove leaves, and cut into diagonal 1/2-inch strips.
- Set chopped endive in a serving bowl, drizzle with ranch dressing, and toss gently. Scatter bacon and spoon on a bit more dressing. Finish with a pinch each of sea salt and black pepper and a sprinkle of minced herbs. Serve immediately.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!