Escarole is one of my favorite leafy greens because of its unusual taste, high nutrient levels, and the countless dishes it can be incorporated into. It can be eaten raw, cooked, sautéed, braised, boiled, oven-roasted, or, however, else you want to eat this slightly bitter but fresh-tasting vegetable.
For some escarole inspiration, check out these 25 incredibly delicious escarole recipes!
Escarole Salad Recipes
The slightly bitter taste of escarole pairs incredibly well with sweet or salty salad toppings. Check out some excellent escarole flavor pairings in the superb salad recipes below!
Chicory Caesar Salad
Not only is this chicory Caesar salad delicious, but it’s also beautiful, providing some pretty pops of color to your dinner table. Pairing the bitter taste of escarole with a salty and sour anchovy-lemon vinaigrette, the taste of this salad is almost as vibrant as its bright colors!
Escarole Salad with Garlic Dressing
This super simple escarole salad with garlic dressing is straightforward to make, but you’ll relish this slightly savory, slightly bitter winter salad. The tangy mustard and vinegar-based dressing has hints of garlic and pepper, which play nicely off the subtly bitter escarole leaves.
Plum Tomato and Escarole Salad with Parmesan Balsamic Dressing
Incorporating many Italian flavors, this plum tomato and escarole salad with balsamic parmesan dressing makes a great side dish to Italian meals, like heavy pasta dishes or savory soups. The plum tomatoes, salty parmesan dressing, and bitter escarole leaves make this a mouthwatering masterpiece.
Lemony Escarole Salad
It doesn’t get much simpler than this lemony escarole salad! You can quickly whip it up for a simple lunch or dinner side dish. The lemons’ strong citrusy flavor goes toe-to-toe with escarole’s noticeably unique flavor, toning down its bitterness just the right amount.
Asparagus, Orange, and Endive Salad
This super unique asparagus, orange, and endive salad is surprisingly delicious, despite containing what at first glance may seem like an odd mish-mash of flavors. The oranges and raspberry vinegar’s fruity tastes bring out a sweetness in the asparagus and onions that tempers down the bitterness of the escarole.
Sautéed Escarole Recipes
One of my absolute favorite ways to cook escarole is by sautéing it. Sautéed escarole masterfully absorbs the flavors it’s sautéed in and develops a tender texture that’s truly decadent.
Italian-Style Sautéed Escarole
This Italian-style sautéed escarole is heavenly, with a slightly sweet taste and super silky texture. It’s beyond simple to make with only a handful of ingredients and is an excellent side dish for Italian meals. It’s also vegan, healthy, and gluten-free.
Spicy Braised Escarole
All the spice-lovers out there will appreciate this flavorful spicy braised escarole recipe. With the savory flavors of sautéed tomatoes and garlic, the spice of red pepper flakes, and the crunchy decadence of bread crumbs, this recipe’s escarole is perfectly braised and flavored.
Sautéed Escarole with Mushrooms
With lots of warm earthy flavors, this sautéed escarole with mushrooms recipe has sweet and buttery notes that make it a real stand-out. This simple recipe is the perfect vegan side dish or even makes a fantastic soup or stew addition.
Garlic and Oil Sautéed Escarole
With plenty of garlic, this garlic and oil sautéed escarole recipe is anything but short on flavor. It’s also effortless to make, with only four ingredients, garlic, oil, escarole, and salt. This is the perfect side dish for warm winter meals.
Healthy Escarole Recipes
With plenty of fiber, essential nutrients, and zero fat, escarole is not only delicious, but it’s also good for you. These recipes let escarole’s healthiness shine, keeping it simple or pairing it with other nutritious ingredients.
As delicious as sautéed escarole is, there’s something to be said for oven-roasted escarole. Not only does roasting effectively mellow out the bitterness of escarole, but it also adds a satisfying crunch to it that will quickly have you coming back for more.
This slightly citrusy, subtly spicy braised escarole recipe will become one of your new winter dinner favorites. With a dash of lemon juice, a pinch of red pepper flakes, a sprinkle of salt, and a clove of garlic, this flavorful escarole is perfectly cooked.
Slow-Cooker Tuna Steaks with Escarole-Chickpea Salad
These slow-cooker tuna steaks with escarole-chickpea salad are healthy but hearty, with nutritious ingredients that are guaranteed to leave you feeling full and satisfied. The citrus and herb-infused tuna steak has a savory, fresh taste that perfectly complements the fiber and protein-packed escarole-chickpea salad.
Escarole Salad with Apples and Pecans
This sweet escarole salad with apples and pecans perfectly balances the mild bitterness of escarole with the apples’ sweetness and the tanginess of the mustard-based dressing. This flavorful salad makes a great mid-day snack or can even shine on its own as a light meal.
Escarole Comfort Food Recipes
Although escarole is undeniably healthy, it tastes incredible when paired with not-so-healthy ingredients or savory comfort food flavors. These escarole comfort food recipes will warm you up on cold winter nights.
Wilted Greens in Tomato-Bacon Broth
With warm, savory flavors, this comfy, cozy wilted greens in tomato-bacon broth recipe will provide you with superb side dish all year-long. Sweet, sour, and simple flavors come together in this savory dish, which balances the decadence of a hearty tomato-bacon broth with the subtle bitterness of escarole.
Escarole With White Beans
If you are looking for some simple Italian comfort food that’s high in flavor, not calories, you’ll love this escarole with a white beans recipe. This is one of the most popular escarole recipes for a good reason: white beans and escarole pair perfectly together. They’re especially delicious with the extra kick of red pepper flakes and garlic this recipe provides.
Italian Wedding Soup
There’s no better comfort food soup for the winter than Italian wedding soup—try to change my mind. This savory soup features tender turkey meatballs, seasoned bread crumbs, sautéed onions, buttery orzo, and, of course, escarole. This is an easy-to-make, relatively healthy one-pot meal.
Escarole Stuffed Pizza
You had me at “stuffed.” This escarole stuffed pizza recipe is genuinely decadent, pulling inspiration from authentic Italian pizza in Naples. This delectable double-crust pizza is loaded with olives, garlic, escarole, olive oil, and Romano cheese, giving it a salty, creamy, cheesy flavor.
Italian Escarole Recipes
Escarole pairs perfectly with so many traditional Italian ingredients, like tomatoes, cheese, olives, and so on! It’s no wonder the Italians use it in their cooking so much, to make divine creations like the dishes below!
Linguine With Escarole and Shrimp
One of my favorite flavor pairings is lemon and escarole. So naturally, I’m a massive fan of this linguine with escarole and shrimp recipe. With lots of tangy lemons, plenty of fresh tomatoes, perfectly sautéed escarole, and delicious shrimp, this recipe is tricky but worth the work.
Spaghetti with Butternut Squash and Escarole
This sweet and savory spaghetti with butternut squash and escarole recipe will rock your world this winter. A sprinkle of ricotta and a drizzle of brown butter enhance the sweet squash’s flavors and bitter greens in this decadent dish.
Pasta e Fagioli with Escarole
While this pasta e fagioli with escarole recipe is ingredient-heavy, it’s simply delicious, pulling in the salty, cheesy taste of parmesan rind, a bounty of herbs, buttery beans, and bitter greens all mixed in with a fabulous flat pasta. Yum!
Escarole, Beans, Sausage, and Peppers
This uncomplicated escarole, beans, sausage, and peppers recipe makes a perfectly flavorful winter meal. This authentic dish will transport you to Italy with classic Italian ingredients like olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, pepper, escarole, and sausage.
Sausage, Greens, and Beans Pasta
While this sausage, greens, and beans pasta is super simple, its flavor profile is not, with excellent contrast in flavors and textures that will have you coming back, bite after bite, until it’s all gone. Spicy, sweet, savory, and more, you’ll love this fresh pasta dish.
Escarole Soup Recipes
Escarole was born to be in soups; it provides depth to their taste while simultaneously soaking up the other flavors stewing within them. It’s utter perfection, as you’ll see in the rich and savory escarole soup recipes below.
Mediterranean Chicken Stew
While this Mediterranean chicken stew is full of flavor and color, it’s not difficult to make, only including a handful of ingredients. Chicken, garlic, onion, oregano, tomato, escarole, and couscous intermingle in this deliciously hearty stew.
Escarole and Pasta Soup
Can’t decide if you want pasta or soup for dinner? Why choose when you can have this fantastic escarole and pasta soup. With onions, escarole, lemon, chicken stock, parmesan rind, and pasta, this soup has everything you could ever want from a hearty, warm winter meal.
Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice
This fun escarole soup with sausage and rice recipe puts a delicious twist on traditional flavors. The escarole provides a depth of flavor to the sausage and rice soup that’s remarkably tasty, especially when paired with the other classic ingredients like carrots, onions, and so on.
With an unusual taste, extraordinary flavor absorption abilities, and high nutrient and fiber content, escarole will become your new favorite ingredient this winter. Pair any of these escarole recipes with other delicious winter vegetables for unbelievably yummy meals this season.
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