Grilled Endive Caprese Salad

Disclosure: This is the last in a series of sponsored posts written by me on behalf of Discover Endive. I have received three complimentary shipments of California endive over the last six months and I have also been compensated for my efforts to promote California endive; all opinions expressed here are 100% mine.

We’ve had very warm temperatures here all spring: so warm, in fact, that I planted my entire garden a full two weeks earlier than I ever have before. I took a photo from my upstairs bathroom recently because that’s the only way you can really see the whole shebang…we added three raised beds this year and I am kind of amazed at how big it looks!

While it’s been a bit rainy for my taste, the good news is that I have not needed to drag out the hose in weeks. I just came home from being away for three days and apparently it rained the whole time: when I walked around this morning, I was shocked at how big some of my plants have gotten! My tomatoes in particular are really coming along: at this rate we’ll start enjoying them sometime in July.

Though I can’t have Insalata Caprese with homegrown tomatoes yet, the warm weather’s been telling me to make it anyway. I’ve been happy to do so, because the classic Italian salad featuring perfectly ripe tomatoes, melt-in-your mouth fresh mozzarella, and vibrant basil is one of my family’s all time favorite things to eat.

When I decided to incorporate some grilled endive into our Caprese recently…

…my kids expressed concern. You see, while I myself adore endive and have been eating oodles of it raw and cooked any which way over the last few months while I was part of the OnDiva campaign, Dylan and Maddie haven’t been quite as enthusiastic.

Fortunately, things were different this time. They thought the grilled endive was really good, and we all loved this variation on Caprese. I plan to make it all summer long, especially once my tomatoes are ready.

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More of my posts featuring endive:
Endive and Satsuma Mandarin Salad
Oven Braised Endive with Gremolata
Endive Green Apple Salad
Chicken, Endive, and Root Vegetable Soup with Endive Parsley Pesto
Endive, Kale, and Smoked Salmon Salad with Avocado and Pink Grapefruit

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Recipe for Caprese Salad with Grilled Endive

Great instructions for grilling endive can be found here, from Paula. Endive is super healthy and it's so delicious when cooked this way: don't let the summer go by without giving it a try on the grill.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins


  • *2 heads of California endive grilled (visit my friend Paula for endive grilling instructions)
  • *2 perfectly ripe tomatoes sliced pretty thick
  • *1/2-1 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese depending on the size; use one made locally, if possible, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced about the same thickness as the tomatoes
  • *1/8-1/4 of a large red onion peeled and thinly sliced- optional
  • *a handful of fresh basil leaves: whole or julienned
  • *your best olive oil for drizzling
  • *your best balsamic vinegar for drizzling- optional
  • *coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1. To assemble the salad, arrange the grilled endive, tomato, mozzarella, and red onion slices in alternating layers so they look pretty :)
  • 2. Sprinkle the basil leaves on top, then drizzle with the olive oil and optional vinegar. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the salad before serving.

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16 thoughts on “Grilled Endive Caprese Salad”

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  2. Заказывал у Товар доставили вовремя, граммы строго соблюдены. Поэтому зачОт!

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  4. This looks so delicious, I was recently diagnosed with a dairy allergy, I can no longer have cows milk nor goat or lambs milk dairy products. Is there a mozzerella cheese out there anywhere so that I can still enjoy Caprese salads???? and not suffer with my allergy? Thanks in advance… ~ Kim

  5. Mmmm, grilling the endive is such a great idea. I imagine it would add such a great smoky flavour to the salad while keeping it really light. This is definitely on my ‘must make’ list now. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. It looks delicious and I am always looking for ways to incorporate endive- there are a small handful of veggies that I am “afraid” of because I don’t know what to do with them! Looks like I could give this simple recipe a whirl!

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  8. This looks delicious and your garden looks just wonderful. Our rain is gone for the most part now until November so there’s lots of hose dragging here where we don’t have drips installed :-(

  9. Your garden looks fabulous! I love grilled endive… And, using it in a Caprese salad sounds really wonderful. Great recipe!

  10. Wow, that’s an impressive garden you’ve got going! I love grilled endive (radicchio, too) and the bitterness is a perfect complement to mozzarella. Nice combination :)

  11. You lucky, lucky girl!! Three shipments of endive sounds like heaven. I love what you’ve done with it here!

  12. A great addition to the salad. One day I would love to have a garden like that and I so love the idea of being able to eat something that I’ve grown myself.

  13. I love Caprese salad and the grilled endive addition sounds absolutely delicious. Your tomatoes look great!

  14. This looks wonderful. I love endive and haven’t tried it grilled. We’re getting a variety of very sweet tomatoes already so need to try this. The photos of your garden are terrific, Winnie. How fortunate you are!