Tropical Endive Salad

Tropical Endive SaladA sweet tropical treat. This salad is a creation of mine bringing together many of my favourite flavours. The sweetness from the tropical fruits and the ginger simple syrup balanced with the more tangy endive. A further sweet addition to this salad is a sliver of pear placed at the bottom of the endive of which I didn’t have any left for the photo.



  • 1 Endive
  • 1/3 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1/3 cup papaya, diced
  • 1/3 cup cantaloupe, diced
  • 1/3 cup Bartlett pear, diced
  • 1/3 cup mango, diced
  • 2 oz coconut rum

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
  • zest of one lime
  • juice of one lime


  1. Make the simple syrup ahead of time by boiling the water, add the sugar until it dissolves followed by adding the ginger, lime zest & juice. Reduce heat to a simmer and reduce by half until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat and cool. This can stored for use in drinks or anything else that could use a sweet gingery pick up.
  2. Combine all the diced fruit together in a bowl, mixing in the coconut rum.
  3. Put the bowl in the fridge to marinate in the lovely coconut rum for a while.
  4. Slice a sliver of the Bartlett pear using a mandolin and place on the plate.
  5. Cut the base off the endive, clean the leaves and place the boat like leaf on top of the pear sliver.
  6. Spoon the tropical fruit mixture into the endive and drizzle the ginger-lime simple syrup over the fruit.