Curly Endive is a form of chicory that grows in dense heads with very curly leaves that graduate in color from light to bright green. Curly endive has a slightly bitter flavor and works well mixed with other salad greens like romaine, Belgium endive, arugula, radicchio, and/or watercress. Like most greens it is very low in calories, less than 90 calories for the entire head!
We love mixing curly endive with romaine lettuce and serving with a good Caesar dressing. This recipe is terrific. The version that showed in the Bon Appetit magazine used half curly endive and half romaine lettuce.
You may also want to try our recipe for Warm Chicken Salad With Pine Nuts which includes curly endive.
The best substitutes for Curly Endive are (per cup needed):