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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blackberry Endive Appetizer #Foodie Friday

Blackberry Endive Appetizer-simplelivingeating.com

May is National Salad month and Driscoll’s and California Endive Farms are challenging bloggers to create fun salads using berries and endives. They also have excellent recipes to choose from on their websites.




I found some wonderful fresh ricotta in my farmer's market and knew that it would bring the endives and berries together in a delicious way. I was right. You can try this recipe with any fresh cheese. I think cottage cheese would work well too... enjoy eating salads this month! 


This post is sponsored by Driscoll and Califorina Endives. All opinions are my own.


Blackberry Endive Appetizer

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of fresh ricotta cheese
1 Red Belgian Endive
1 tablespoon of Wildflower honey (or other dark honey)
2 teaspoons of Balsamic vinegar
6 ounces of blackberries chopped
salt


Directions:

1) Whisk honey and balsamic vinegar together.

2) Spread endive leaves out in a plate. Fill each leaf with ricotta cheese. Put a few berries on, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with salt.

Serve immediately! 





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43 comments:

  1. Thanks for the party, Diane. Love your colourful appetizer. Ricotta and blackberries would be delicious together! Hope you're having a great week.

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  2. Thanks for hosting Diane... I love that flavor combination - what a great appetizer! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Thank you for hosting this recipe link up. Have a super weekend.

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    1. You're welcome good to have you Eriene.

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  4. Diane,
    Your salad is a work of art! What a presentation! Looks delicous

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    1. You're too kind Judee... I think it looks kinda cute.

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  5. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Love the appetizer.
    Annamaria

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    1. Thanks Annamaria... sorry for all the random comments on your blog.

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  6. Diane, gorgeous appetizer and right up my alley! Thanks for featuring my crab stuffed mushroom caps :) I was all about eggs this week, funny how that happens.

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    1. You are so welcome Lydia... I can't wait to make some.

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  7. Such a pretty appetizer Diane, I love the colors! Thanks for the party. Have a great weekend. :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa...I've been working on presentation,,, and photography and everything else.

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  8. Thank you so much for hosting! I am excited to look through some of the other recipes. I am not very familiar with endive... so I was excited to see you appetizer!

    I linked up my recipe for "EASY HOMEMADE KETCHUP" It is delicious, PROBIOTIC, and kid-approved. I know you'll love it! <3

    http://littleowlcrunchymomma.blogspot.com/2014/01/easy-homemade-ketchup.html

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  9. Oh, my, that appetizer makes me want to have an adult party where I can serve other foods besides pretzels and simple veggie trays!

    Thanks for hosting, Diane!

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    1. I put stuff like this out at kids parties... you'll be surprised at which kids will eat it.

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  10. Your endive appetizer is so pretty with the blackberries. I love to use fruits in savory dishes. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. I've just started using more fruit in savory... it works well sometimes.

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  11. Thank you for the feature and for hosting Diane! Have a great weekend!

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    1. You are very welcome Rina. You keep pumping out great recipes. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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  12. Your appetizer sure is an eye-catcher! Love the color!! Thanks so much for hosting! :)

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    1. Thanks Jamie... I was thinking Spring and flowers.

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  13. Fun party! Thanks for hosting. I would love it if you would stop by our party and share you appetizer, it looks great! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Hi Kimberly,
      I thought I put your party on my list. I will do it now.

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  14. That is so beautiful, and looks delicious! I love blackberries, as evidenced by my post today - blackberry scones!

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    1. We are in sic Sara.. thanks for bringing your scones by.

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  15. Thanks for the party! Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Thank you for linking this up! It looks incredible. Pinned. Thank you for being part of our party. Please stop by on Tuesday and share one of your amazing projects. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Sending love your way! Lou Lou Girls

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  17. I love this appetizer! It looks pretty and, based on the ingredients, I bet it tastes great as well!

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    1. It all works... the contrasts of flavor are terrific.

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  18. So pretty! Blackberries are my favorite fruit (blueberries a very close second). I'm pretty sure I could turn this appetizer into lunch very quickly. Thank you for sharing, Diane!

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    1. I had really good fresh ricotta and I couldn't stop eating... it became my lunch in a matter of minutes.

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  19. Beautiful! What a simple and elegant appetizer.

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  20. What a fabulous appetizer for my fresh blackberries! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  21. I'm featuring veggie treats this week on the Hearth and Soul hop and this appetizer is perfect, Diane. I love the contrast of the sweet/tart blackberries with the creamy ricotta and sharp endive. So look out for your recipe in my Hearth and Soul post this week :-)

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    1. Thanks so much April. I will be at the party.

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  22. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I don't think I had my coffee yet when I visited your party. Thank you. I will go back.

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  23. I am excited to look through some of the other recipes. I am not very familiar with endive... so I was excited to see you appetizer!
    ios

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    1. They are new to me also... I am really enjoying them.

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