Endive, Mushroom & Shaved Parmesan Salad with Lemon & Olive Oil

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Sometimes salads full of little bits of a thousand things are fun & satisfying.  Things like candied nuts & pomegranate seeds & bits of cheese & croutons or fruity things.  But sometimes minimalist salads are fun, too.  My two favorite salads of all time are of the latter variety.   The first is one I put on top of pizzas all the time – a simple arugula & shaved Parmesan salad.


The other is this salad I present today.  They served it at what used to be my favorite Italian place in Los Angeles – Chianti.  It was a dark room with booths & opera playing & the food was simple & lovely.  I always got this salad.


There are really just three ingredients & they are all equally important.  If you do not like mushrooms – this salad ain’t gonna work.  If the light bitterness of the endive bugs you – ditto.  And if a salad made of about 1/3 shaved Parmesan is not on your diet – skip this guy.  But if you like those three things – this will be pure joy for you.  Light & clean & simple & so good with a crisp glass of white wine!


Endive, Mushroom & Shaved Parmesan Salad with Lemon & Olive Oil

(salad for one)


5 large mushrooms – sliced

2 heads endive – sliced

Parmesan – shaved (or vegan alternative)

Olive oil

Lemon juice





Toss the mushrooms in a little olive oil & lemon juice & some salt.  Go light but just add enough to get some on all the mushroom slices.  These can sit for a while or be used immediately.  Letting them sit a bit is good, though, because the mushrooms absorb the flavors, soften a bit & take on a richer color.

Make a dressing with about 1/4 cup olive oil & the juice of 1/2 a lemon & some S&P.  Taste & adjust the flavors to your palate.

Then simply toss the endive with the a boat load of shaved Parmesan & the mushrooms.  Drizzle with the dressing & eat this fucker up!




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