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Mediterranean Endive Boats

Mediterranean Endive Boats

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Mediterranean Endive Boats are filled with olives, feta, artichoke hearts and more. Perfect appetizers or finger food salads and absolutely delicious!!

Mediterranean Endive Boats

Mediterranean Endive Boats

Bill and I joined a dinner club with 3 other couples. The goal was to get together four times a year for good food, fellowship and to utilize the dishes gathering dust in our china cabinets. Our first gathering was in early May.

Our lovely hostess, Sabra, offered up a finger food salad course while we watched our local Indiana Pacers in the NBA playoffs (the wives are foodies, the hubbies needed their sports fix). Filled with chopped vegetables tossed in a lovely vinaigrette, these Mediterranean Endive Boats disappeared quickly.

Mediterranean Endive Boats

Finger Salads

The taste of these Mediterranean Endive Boats haunted me. I googled the recipe the next morning before even asking the hostess for details. I had some gorgeous endive in my fridge, so I was impatient to make these babies for my lunch.

All that’s involved is some chopping and tossing. I also slice just a sliver off the bottom of the endive leaf to allow them to sit flat on the serving tray. These Mediterranean Endive Boats were magnificent! If you have some leftover endive, these Endive Cups with Blue Cheese and Raspberries are also magnificent!

Mediterranean Endive Boats



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Mediterranean Endive Boats

Mediterranean Endive Boats

Mediterranean Endive Boats – a fun, bite sized salad or appetizer

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Salad
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • 12 Belgian endive leaves
  • 1/4 cup sliced mixed pitted olives
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes or 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts, tough leaves removed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaf, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  1. Combine the olives, tomatoes, artichokes, garlic and basil in a bowl.
  2. Add olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, and toss with olive and tomato mixture.
  3. Arrange endive leaves on a plate, fill each one with a teaspoonful of the mixture, top with feta crumbles and serve.


Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #13: Keep busy. Keep out of the kitchen. I tend to snack when I’m bored. Run an errand. weed the garden, take a walk. But if you’re really hungry, make sure to allow yourself a nutrient rich snack…a starving gal can do a lot of damage to a batch of cookies!

Disclosure: California Endive Farms supplied me with 6 pounds of gorgeous, fresh endive. .  I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of California Endive.

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47 comments on “Mediterranean Endive Boats”

  1. Your Mediterranean endive boats do look marvelous, Liz. Feta, artichokes and olives have me blissfully sailing on those brilliant blue seas surrounding Greece =)

  2. Wow, they look amazing Liz! And artichokes are on my New Foods List:@)
    PS-Very brave of Bill to join a Dinner Club!

  3. Endives kind of weird me out. I used to get them for dinner a lot when I studied abroad in France. Always cooked though. This boat idea is so fun and that Mediterranean combo inside looks delicious.

  4. I can imagine that these boats disappear quickly 🙂 I think I would love them too 🙂

  5. These look great! I’ve never had endives (I know I know) but this looks like a great way to start trying them. 🙂

  6. These look so delicious and full of flavor – I think I could nibble on these all summer!

  7. i like to think I have seen most dish variations before but this never! I have never seen a combo of these ingredients and I am loving it! We love Mediterranean food around this house and this is perfection

  8. I love the bite of good endive – such an awesome flavor! These look quite amazing, and I can just imagine all of those other veggies & feta contrasting with the endive – a fantastic appetizer! Pinning!

  9. What beautiful food Lizzy ! I love endives look so good!

  10. My kind of meal. Yummy!

  11. These are so pretty and great for summer gatherings.

  12. The dinner club sounds fun. But I really dropped in to say how gorgeous these little ‘boats’ are. GREG

  13. Such an elegant presentation! These look like the perfect dinner party food.

  14. Such a great idea! I pinned it to save for my next get-together. A better way to eat more veggies, and less white flour crackers 😉

  15. What a delicious looking dish, Liz. I don’t think I’ve had endive for decades!

  16. WOWWW
    These look GREAT !!
    What a fantastic presentation

  17. Oh wow. I can’t wait to make these. They are absolutely beautiful and look delicious and way refreshing….. and so much fun. I love eating with my fingers. LOL

  18. These look like a taste sensation. I love how endive comes in two pretty colours. These little boats are packed full of flavour and goodness and I’m not surprised you were onto creating your own so very quickly xx

  19. Endive are the perfect shape to hold all the goodies in. Presentation is so elegant and I’m sure delicious too.

  20. Love these little snacks! I feel like I am in Greece!

  21. Looks delicious, love artichoke hearts! 🙂

    Grilled Salmon –

  22. I can understand why you couldn’t wait to get the recipe from the hostess! I can’t wait to serve these at my next get together…do I HAVE to have the sports things, too? 🙂

  23. Delicious work Liz!
    We’d love to try those with our latest favorite delicacy, kalathaki cheese from Limnos (it’s feta-like but lighter and perfect for salads). We loved the colors the endives bring on these boats; A beautiful appetizer for any occasion (especially if you have people over).

  24. I love these, Liz. Your loaded boats are fantastic!

    ela h.

  25. I love these colorful boats, what a perfect appetizer for summer entertaining!

  26. I love these endive boats, they look delicious and so reminiscent of a Greek restaurant!

  27. Love those endive boats! They are so pretty and appetizing.

  28. All these delicious ingredients combined into these little boats! I love the flavors and feta is my favorite cheese!

  29. Your little boats are perfect for summer entertaining. Love the red endive, we only get the white in our markets.

  30. What a fantastic healthy and colorful dish! Absolutely love this and it would be great for entertaining!!

  31. Love the ingredients you used for your endives! I’ve made them once but use only cheese & they tasted real good too!

  32. My goodness. These boats are so pretty and refreshing, Liz. This is a definite share.

  33. A great idea this dinner club. And I just love any for of endive boats, looks great.

  34. Boy, these look so cute! And I’ll bet they’re so tasty, too. Who could resist one of these? Really nice — thanks.

  35. I just love these little boats 😀 They are full of tasty ingredients. Such a great idea for an appetizer

  36. A little Greek salad in an endive is a perfect appetizer or a perfect lunch! Individual servings are always a benefit of using endive! And I would love to meet in July. Let me know when you will be in town and I’ll keep my schedule flexible! Not that I have much of a schedule…

  37. Love these packed endive boats! The artichoke hearts and feta sound fantastic with everything. These would definitely shine at any dinner party 🙂

  38. These endives “boats” look great, filled with delicious ingredients, I think I could have this as my main meal.
    Thanks for the inspiration Liz…hope you are having a fabulous week 😀

  39. Adore this! Will be making these for my next dinner party, or maybe even just a casual dinner for the two of us. These are terrific for our extreme heat in the summer.

  40. SO much flavor packed into these! What a great idea, Liz!

  41. Don’t you just love it when a dish tastes as good as it looks!

  42. Pinned and saved for entertaining. Perfect!

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