Summer Fruit in Endive Cups for #Berrymonth

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 26, 2014

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In case it wasn’t obvious from the abundance of fresh berries in your market, July is National Berry Month!

In Southern California, we are awash in juicy berries and fresh figs, and I’m serving them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. We’re also blessed by a plethora of tiny little endives – both green and purple – since the only major endive grower in the U.S. is in California. Perhaps you’ve seen these tiny heads in your store?

At 1 calorie per leaf, high in complex fibers and a good source of potassium, these are little powerhouse substitutes for chips and crackers. I also chop them and add to salads and stir-fries, and sometimes I will whirl them into a green smoothie.

I wanted a quick nibble before dinner the other night, and I piled berries and fresh figs into endive leaves to make the simplest appetizer you will ever find.

When summer gives you fresh fruits and vegetables, you had best take full advantage of them.

Summer Fruit in Endive Cups | ShockinglyDelicious.comWine pairing: I paired this with a RIOS de Chile Cabernet Sauvignon ($10-$15ish) — for a memorable summer nosh. The wine was bright, jammy, spicy and complex with soft tannins, so it was easy to drink. If you have not yet tried Chilean wine, you must.

Let’s celebrate #berrymonth with fresh and easy foods. Join me!

Summer Fruit in Endive Cups |

Summer Fruit in Endive Cups for #Berrymonth

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6 endive leaves per person

Summer Fruit in Endive Cups for #Berrymonth

Juicy berries and fresh figs in endive cups are a great healthy snack, appetizer or party nibble this summer.


  • Endive heads
  • Driscoll’s fresh blackberries
  • Driscoll’s fresh raspberries
  • Fresh Mission figs


  1. Cut the end off the endive heads, and separate the leaves. Remove stem from each fig and slice fig into 6-8 pieces.
  2. Place each endive leaf on a serving platter, and fill each leaf with a blackberry, raspberry and fig slice.
  3. Allow at least 4 endive cups for each person. They are addictive!

Disclosure: Endive was sent by California Endive, berries were provided by Driscoll’s, figs were from the California Fig Commission, and wine was sent by Pacific Wine Group, for recipe testing. All opinions are my own.

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The Wimpy Vegetarian July 26, 2014 at 9:56 am

Figs too!!!! Great idea! I love that we took the same approach on these wonderful appetizers. The figs are a wonderful added flavor to with Rios de Chile wine too!


Dorothy Reinhold July 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Figs and wine = great match!


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