An exquisite member of endive family,Escarole is rarely spotted in purple.Purple or not,its delicately mild bitter flavor and tender crunchy stalks makes escarole completely edible salad green.If not raw,lightly saute in extra virgin olive oil with garlic or simmer in stew,to enjoy these elegant greens.These greens are available throughout the year,is high in vitamin A, calcium, folate and fiber.
The preserved lemons that I pickled last spring,had a perfectly ripe rind,ready to make a tangy addition in salads and stews.The zesty preserved lemon salsa spooned over crisp outer escarole leaves is easy and satisfying snack or start of a meal.
Escarole with Preserved Lemon Salsa
8-10 outer leaves of escarole
1 plum tomato,seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno,seeded and chopped
Quarter of a preserved lemon,rinsed and chopped
1/2 an onion,finely chopped
6-8 inner leaves of escarole,finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Mix the salsa ingredients and let sit for few minutes in the fridge before serving over the escarole leaves.
Purple Escarole is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging #238 ,hosted this week by Rachel from The Crispy Cook