Belgian Endive Fig Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette

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This beautiful salad is easy to prepare, delicious, healthy and it's both an appetizer and a salad. You can serve the endive leaves whole on a plate with the fig wedges or cut the endive into bite-size pieces for a chopped salad effect. Ripe, sweet figs are the perfect match for the mild bitterness of the endive, and the creamy pumpkin dressing made with white balsamic, walnut oil and fresh herbs is so delicious and definitely makes the salad. If fresh figs ain't available, or you just don't like it, use pears instead.

  • 2 head Belgian endives
  • 3 Fresh figs
  • 2 Spring onions, sliced
  • 150 g Pumpkin puree
  • 50 ml White balsamic
  • 80 ml Walnut oil
  • 1 tbsp Parsley leaves
  • 2 Sage leaves
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place all the dressing ingredients in a blender and process until well combined.
  2. Pull the leaves from the stem of each endive, trimming the base as needed to release them. Set aside. Or just simply cut them into 1-inch chunks. Cut the figs into wedges.
  3. Arrange Belgian endive leaves, figs and spring onions in two plates. Drizzle the pumpkin vinaigrette over and serve immediately.


Elisabeth Foodandthrift 17/10/14 05:34

Angie, I love this simple...yet, expensive gourmet salad with the most unusual pumpkin vinaigrette, that I would have on 'hand' to use for other salads, as well! I always have white balsamic vinegar and walnut oil...such a great pairing. Have a wonderful weekend! xo

lenia 17/10/14 06:14

What an amzing salad! The colors are sooo inviting!Love it!

The Yum List 17/10/14 06:20

Endives, figs, pumpkin - three of my fav ingredients in one recipe - sure to be delicious.

Ann Low 17/10/14 07:19

This beautiful salad is awesome! Looks healthy and delicious too!

Jeannie Tay 17/10/14 07:21

Your pumpkin sauce looks delicious! I am not partial to fresh figs (don't mind after they are baked) so I'll use pear as suggested or even apples huh!

Nammi 17/10/14 07:23

yummm. I had fresh fig only once and loved it.

Medeja 17/10/14 09:11

Ok.. you are not just the queen of breads, but also queen of salads! This salad looks so good! I love that vinaigrette!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 17/10/14 09:23

Beautiful! This salad dressing is so original.



Shashi Charles 17/10/14 10:14

Angie - I am fascinated by the combination of pumpkin and balsamic in that Pumpkin Vinaigrette. Your salad and the Pumpkin Vinaigrette are gorgeous! Your photos make me wish i could reach in there and grab that plate!

Alida 17/10/14 10:54

Fresh and tasty.. especially with figs! Nice, really nice salad Angie. Enjoy your weekend!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 17/10/14 12:26

Beautiful fall salad Angie.I wish Belgian endive was more appreciated in the US like it is in Europe.

Amy (Savory Moments) 17/10/14 12:42

The pumpkin vinaigrette is very unique and creative, Angie! I've seen a TON of pumpkin recipes, but never as a salad dressing. It looks delicious!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 17/10/14 13:58

I bet each bite has a pop of flavor, crunch, crispness and creaminess! The combination with figs sounds amazing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Angie! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Ashley 17/10/14 14:00

Oooo that pumpkin dressing! I've never done anything like that with pumpkin before - sounds fantastic!

Kelly 17/10/14 14:45

I can just imagine how fresh and delicious this salad tastes! Love the endive and the pumpkin dressing sounds amazing!

Suchi Sm 17/10/14 14:49

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lisa is cooking 17/10/14 15:25

What a pretty salad for fall! Figs with endive sounds like a great combination.

Mijú 17/10/14 16:48

Un espectáculo de sentidos :=)
Un saludito

Erica 17/10/14 17:01

The creamy pumpkin dressing sounds delicious, Angie! What a creative and wonderful salad!

Pam 17/10/14 17:48

It looks beautiful and delicious!

Monica 17/10/14 18:33

This looks sensational. I can totally see it's wonderful with either the figs or pears - great ideas!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 17/10/14 18:40

What a beautiful medley of seasonal flavors, Angie! So pretty on the plate and I can imagine how wonderful it tastes.

Choclette Blogger 17/10/14 19:24

This sounds gorgeous Angie and I love the colour of the vinagraite. Bit of a faff to make the puree though.

CookWith Manali 17/10/14 19:39

I love all your salad recipes Angie! Always very creative and interesting! This look fresh and healthy!

Susan 17/10/14 22:17

I love this combination, so fall-like. I hope you're enjoying a beautiful fall in your town, XOXO

Guru Uru 17/10/14 22:17

I adore figs, but don't often eat them in salad :D
Delicious recipe and I really want to try this pumpkin vinaigrette!

Choc Chip Uru

Chris Scheuer 17/10/14 22:40

What a wonderful looking salad Angie. We've really enjoyed pumpkin vinaigrette this year, such a fun way to celebrate fall!

Asmita 18/10/14 00:08

Wow! Gorgeous clicks and presentation. Makes me want to dive into it!

Jasna Varcakovic 18/10/14 00:20

A must try salad; very unusual and inviting!

Daniela Grimburg 18/10/14 03:20

I love fresh, crunchy salad combined with sweet figs.
The pumpkin purée and walnut oil adds a very interesting touch.

Ivy 18/10/14 06:47

I love figs but pity there are not in season any more. The pumpkin dressings sounds very interesting.

Thalia @ butter and brioche 18/10/14 11:12

This salad looks and sounds seriously delicious. As a massive fig fan, you can definitely consider I will be recreating the recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

Tania @My Kitchen Stories 18/10/14 12:13

Wow Angie great idea. I really never thought of making Pumpkin dressing . Fantastic

Esther Lau 18/10/14 14:12

Wow, your salad look super duper good and the creamy pumpkin dressing make me drool,hehe...

Barbara 18/10/14 14:43

I eat Belgian endive every day for lunch....a great extravagance. It's so expensive. Love the idea of a pumpkin vinaigrette. You can be sure I'll try it!

Gloria Baker 18/10/14 15:23

How beautiful look Angie!
I love endives sounds delicious:))

kitchen flavours 18/10/14 16:19

Such lovely salad, and it looks really good with pumpkin dressing!

mjskit 18/10/14 17:56

First of all - pumpkin Vinaigrette - genius!!! Secondly, serving it with figs - out of this world!!!

fimère .b 18/10/14 20:20

salade appétissante et délicieuse bravo
bonne soirée

Liz Berg 18/10/14 22:16

Such a gorgeous,elegant salad! I need to see if I can still find figs around here and add them to my next salad :)

Marcela 18/10/14 23:03

wow... i totally adore your salad! The photos are great!

Rebecca Subbiah 18/10/14 23:25

this looks great and how cool to use pumpkin this way

motherrimmy 19/10/14 00:34

This looks like a perfect holiday season salad to me, though I'm not sure if figs are available through January. I'll have to check that out. We don't eat them often in this house, though I love the flavor, and the combination with endive. Lovely dish!

Catherine 19/10/14 04:59

Dear Angie, I bet this salad was so good. The vinaigrette would be wonderful on so many different dishes. Blessings dear. Catherine

Couscous & Consciousness 19/10/14 05:03

OMG - this looks stunning. Our neighbour has a lovely big fig tree in their back yard, and as luck would have it they don't like figs. I'm utterly intrigued by the pumpkin vinaigrette with this, and I'll definitely be trying this gorgeous salad when fig season rolls around - I could happily make a meal of this.

wokwithray 19/10/14 06:23

Healthy and delicious combination and with the pumpkin vinaigrette. . . it is even better. Great looking salad, Angie! :)

Tze @ Awayofmind 19/10/14 15:37

Angie, I love your idea of mixing pumpkin puree with white balsamic! It sounds yummy!

Helene Dsouza 19/10/14 16:49

what a gorgeous color for a salad dressing. I bet the salad is refreshing with the flavor choice. Thanks for sharing Angie hope you had a great weekend.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 19/10/14 21:57

Two favorites! endives and figs. Would never have thought of putting them together. And what a unique dressing. Looks wonderful. thanks for your great last comment.

Velva 20/10/14 02:24

What an introduction to autumn!!!! This is really beautiful.


Cheri Savory Spoon 20/10/14 02:53

Hi Angie, as usual an amazing salad, love figs and the layers of flavor that you presented here.

Yelena Strokin 20/10/14 03:39

I am always searching for new dressings and your is wonderful. I love how you use pumpkin puree here. Sounds very delicious. I must try that. Thank you dear.



What's Baking?? 20/10/14 05:46

Lovely n delicious. Great taste of figs.. Love this.

Rumana Ambrin 20/10/14 08:11

I just love the way you present the food , it looks so lively and awesome. I can't take my eyes of your photos...

Hema 20/10/14 11:21

Very different salad and the dressing looks so yummy..

Joanne 20/10/14 16:22

Such a lovely fall salad! That dressing sounds like something I want to drink with a straw.

Pilar. Cook and Spoon 20/10/14 17:05

WOW! That vinaigrette must be really delicious. I have some pumpkin in my fridge and I'm going to use for this salad.

Elzbieta Hester 20/10/14 17:09

What a great inspiration for a fall light meal!

lena 20/10/14 17:19

i love the colour of the dressing and this pumpkin vinegrette is so special, i know it will pair well with other salad leaves too!

Nippon Nin 21/10/14 01:56

Lucky me, I have homemade pumpkin puree in my refrigerator...left over from pumpkin soup I made the other day which I'm going to post tomorrow.
What a pretty salad and unbelievably gorgeous photos!

Jess Bakericious 21/10/14 03:28

Angie, I never fail to be brighten up by your dishes, all so colorful and eyes catching!

tigerfish 21/10/14 03:31

The pumpkin dressing is very interesting... and intriguing as well.

Reeni Pisano 21/10/14 03:36

I like it with both figs and pears Angie! So fresh and delicious! Love the pumpkin dressing too - bet it would be great on lots of things.

Easyfoodsmith 21/10/14 08:13

I have heard of endive but never tasted it. The salad sounds exotic and the colors make it so inviting. Beautiful post Angie!!

Kitchen Belleicious 21/10/14 13:41

oh I just adore this vinaigrette. It looks and sounds amazing for the salad but i am thinking it also would go so well drizzle over a bed of pasta!

noobcook 21/10/14 17:23

love the pumpkin dressing. what a great fall salad :)

grace 21/10/14 18:35

what a delicious idea for a dressing! perfectly seasonal too. :)

Cathleen 21/10/14 18:47

This salad looks amazing!

Chaya 21/10/14 19:03

For me, this is an unusual combination but one with such wonderful possibility. The addition of the pumpkin is one big bonus.

Anonymous 21/10/14 19:33

Very creative use of pumpkin puree. I can see many uses for this dressing. Love the vibrant yellow color.

Jeanette 21/10/14 21:18

I love fresh figs and your pumpkin dressing sounds so good - so funny, I was actually going to try making some today.

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen 21/10/14 23:08

Mmmmm - love the creamy pumpkin vinaigrette on this lovely autumnal salad. Perfectly timed for halloween.

Ann Jones 21/10/14 23:26

Beautiful salad! The dressing sounds delicious and perfect for fall!

Balvinder Ubi 22/10/14 02:31

Simply great looking salad, wonderful combination and I have to say that pumpkin puree is a new thing for me, it sure looks delicious.

Amelia 22/10/14 03:42

Hi Angie, that's a beautiful salad. Look so appetizing. As usual your presentation and photography is very impressive. 2 thumbs up for you.

Have a nice week ahead,regards.

Juliana 22/10/14 04:27

This is such a beautiful the pumpkin dressing...very creative Angie!
Have a wonderful week :)

Dawn Yucuis 22/10/14 05:05

This looks like a lovely salad. I would love tho make pumpkin vinaigrette.

Geraldine Saucier 22/10/14 15:57

Love the pumpkin dressing and fresh figs are a favorite of mine.mmm

Gwen 24/10/14 01:15

The savory and slightly sweet flavors must pair well with the 'bitterness' of endive. Lovely tapas!

Kari Lindsay 25/10/14 00:53

My kind of salad Angie! Love the dressing too, very clever!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 25/10/14 19:13

Loving this seasonally inspired dish -- your pumpkin vinaigrette is so clever (and beautiful!).

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 26/10/14 20:27

I love figs and I love pumpkin I know I would love this :)

Claudia 27/10/14 16:36

I saw this on Pinterest and pinned it. I have pumpkin puree to use up - but am having a hard time finding fresh figs! Grrr. Thanks for the suggestion of using pears!

Terra 28/10/14 17:35

Wow, a gorgeous pumpkin vinaigrette, that sounds amazing!!! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra


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