Red Endive with Dried Cranberries, Pecans, Feta and Arugula

red endive appetizer

For Valentine’s Day, California Endive Farms sent me this beautiful bouquet of fresh endive! I couldn’t wait to try out some new recipes with them, and I made this healthy red endive appetizer with dried cranberries, pecans, light crumbled feta cheese and arugula. Endive naturally have a slightly bitter taste, so the sweet dried cranberries and smooth feta cheese add a pleasant flavor, while the crunchy pecans add a great texture. I didn’t use a lot of arugula as you can see, since it was more for garnish than flavor. I think endive make a beautiful appetizer! You may choose to drizzle a champagne or red wine vinaigrette if desired, but I prefer them either way. Do you have a favorite endive recipe??

red endive Valentine's Day bouquet

Red Endive with Dried Cranberries, Pecans, Feta and Arugula
Prep time
Type: Appetizer
Serves: 8
  • 1 red endive
  • ½ cup dried red cranberries
  • ⅓ cup light crumbled feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • A few arugula leaves (thinly sliced) for garnish
  1. Chop the bottom off of the endive and carefully peel it apart.
  2. Fill each endive piece with dried cranberries, feta cheese, pecans and top with thinly sliced arugula for garnish.
  3. Drizzle with a champagne or red wine vinaigrette if desired.
Makes about 16 pieces



  1. Anne says:

    Hi! Our pics are neighbors on healthy aperture, so I thought I’d drop by and let you know how gorgeous I think these are! I had an endive post featured awhile back at Discover Endive – I’m sure they’d love to feature this beautiful recipe, too!

  2. john@kitchenriffs says:

    Wow, those are gorgeous! I’ve never seen endive that color – how pretty. I like to braise endive (or roast it), but with the color of these, I’d definitely want to make it into a salad or a great looking appetizer like this one.

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