Grilled Endive and Radicchio with Creamy Vinaigrette

We are in the full swing of summer and the Independence Day grilling season is upon us. There are so many foods that get prepared for picnics. Everything from fried chicken and potato salads to steaks with grilled corn. The choices seem endless…don’t even get me started on desserts! 

When you’re feeding a large group of people, you want some easy side dishes that are delicious but still easy while making your guests feel like you went all out for them. 

This recipe buys you all that: ease, budget friendly, fail proof and DELICIOUS! It acts as the salad portion to the meal and since you’re already standing at the grill its no extra work to just toss on some endive and radicchio. Drizzle over a creamy vinaigrette (also super easy) and viola, fancy side dish without fancy footwork. 

NOTE: If you’re not grilling this dish can just as simply be prepared under the broiler or on a cast iron skillet or grill pan indoors, (I prefer skillet since I’ll use it for other parts of the meal).

grilled endive and radiccio w/ creamy vinaigrette

grilled endive and radiccio w/ creamy vinaigrette

Ingredients

3 heads of endive, sliced in 1/2 lengthwise

3 heads of radicchio, sliced in 1/2 lengthwise

1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola, crumbled fetta could easily substitute

olive oil to brush on endive and radicchio

Directions

Preheat the grill to high heat.

Brush the endive and radicchio lightly with olive oil (infused olive oils are great for this).

Grill the endive and radicchio until slightly wilted with good grill marks, about 4 minutes per side.  

Remove the endive and radicchio to a platter. Drizzle with creamy vinaigrette, and top with the gorgonzola. Serve immediately.

Ingredients for Dressing

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 1/2 tablespoons greek yogurt

1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil, any good oil could substitute

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, (I prefer more pepper)

Directions

Whisk together the mustard, yogurt, salt, sugar, and pepper until combined. Add the vinegar and oil and whisk until smooth. You want an emulsified look here. You could use a blender or emersion blender very easily to accomplish this.

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