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Spicy Endive Salsa

This recipe combines soft chunks of steamed endive with plum tomatoes and a meaty mix of miso and fish sauce. Serve the salsa with fennel slices or baby carrots to compound its revitalizing effects, or try it with tortilla chips.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 2 large Belgian endives (1 pound), cored and halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium shallots, minced
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 plum tomato, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. In a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket, bring 1/2 inch of water to a boil. Set the endive halves in the basket and steam for about 10 minutes, until just tender when pierced. Chop the endives into 1/4-inch dice. Transfer the endives to a strainer and squeeze out any excess moisture.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the fish sauce with the agave syrup and miso. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the garlic, shallots, jalapeño and ginger and cook over moderately high heat until the shallots are golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the endives and cook until hot, about 1 minute. Add the miso mixture and the tomato and remove the skillet from the heat. Add the lime juice and season with salt. Stir in the cilantro and transfer to a bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Contributed By Published March 2010

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