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Endive Pomegranate Salad

I am often asked where the inspiration for my recipes comes from. Almost universally, it is the ingredients that inspire me. I often just browse the produce section, grabbing things that catch my eye. On my last trip, two items really stood out – endive and pomegranates. They combine in this recipe to not only make a delicious salad, but also to provide you a super-healthy meal!



I have been reading a lot about Belgian endive lately. Endive contains a substance called kaempferol which is a natural cancer fighter. There are studies that show that when cancer cells are exposed to kaempferol, they die. A study in the Netherlands associates eating endive with a reduction in ovarian cancer. Kaempferol is also anti-angiogenic, meaning that it helps stop cancers from being able to grow the blood vessels that feed them.  There is a wonderful TED talk by Dr. William Li on angiogenisis. Click here for the to see it: Dr. William Li

Pomegranates are another amazing food in the fight against disease and also increasing the amount of nutrients in our diet.

Some of the benefits of pomegranates include the following:

  1. Lower Risk of Heart Disease
    Lower Risk of Blood Clots
    Lower Risk of Prostate & Breast Cancer
    Lower Blood Pressure
    Reduced Cholesterol
    Reduced Impact of Free Radicals

Pomegranates are also very high in anti-oxidants and are a significant source of fiber (in the seeds). Endive and pomegranates are the main ingredients in this salad. Combined with apple and a wonderful maple mustard vinaigrette, it makes a beautiful salad full of the flavor of fall.


Endive Pomegranate Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette



  • 2 Belgian endive, sliced thin (approximately 2 cups)
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 lemon, juice from
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  1. Place endive in bowl, mix in lemon juice. Do this right away as the endive will start to brown quickly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.


Maple Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (not raw)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 3 tablespoons diced shallot
  • Himalayan salt and pepper (to taste)
  1. Place all ingredients except the diced shallot in blender. Blend until emulsified (thickened).
  2. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.



  1. Pour desired amount of vinaigrette over salad. Toss.
*  I topped this with more cracked pepper because I really like a little heat.
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  1. Lucy wrote on October 24, 2012

    This has to be one of my all-time favorite salad recipes. I just love it, thanks for sharing! =)

  2. Dawn wrote on January 10, 2012

    Just had this for dinner and it was delicious! Wonderful combination and the dressing is a new favorite. Thank you!

    • Susan wrote on January 10, 2012

      You are welcome! :-)

  3. karina wrote on January 6, 2012

    I just tasted a proper pomegranate, ripened and all.
    I added it to every single dish you could imagine.
    Now my search for another perfect is on. Quite difficult in Norway, it is.
    But when I do, I’ll seriously try this recipe, and invite some friends over.
    It sure looks delicious.

  4. Mary Claudine wrote on December 22, 2011

    The end product looks appetizing and it sure is a healthy salad. Would love to try this one out on my own. Kudos to you for sharing this recipe. :*

  5. Mary Claudine wrote on December 22, 2011

    The end product looks appetizing and it sure is a healthy salad. Would love to try this one out on my own. Kudos to you for sharing this recipe.

  6. Lisa wrote on December 5, 2011

    I have to say that this is my new favorite recipe!!! Though I tweaked it a bit with what I had on hand — it turned out amazing!! I used baby bok choy instead of the endive and Sesame Oil instead of Olive Oil. The Sesame Oil made it really lovely!! Oh and because I am such a Chipolte nut I used that instead of regular pepper. Thanks again for the inspiration and yummy, good-for-you food!

    Also—SO EASY!!!

  7. Naraleska wrote on November 27, 2011

    I tried this recipe out!! It was delicious! so tasty! I loved the dressing, I think I will use it in other salads too. thanks Susan!

  8. Sheila D. wrote on November 11, 2011

    I will have to try this one out. Simply great looking and it really looks like one good salad to work on. Its simple and yet still very healthy.

  9. SweatyGirl wrote on November 8, 2011

    Gorgeous recipe! I am new to your site (and to raw) and I have found such a wealth of info and recipes (and personality!) here, and I can’t thank you enough.
    You clearly put so much work, dedication, and love into this blog and lifestyle and I want to say thank you – for sharing that!

  10. Carissa wrote on November 5, 2011

    It turned out great! We’ve had a lovely dinner. Thank you Susan! :)


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