Hot apples right out of the skillet soften the escarole in this warm salad. The nutty extra-aged Gouda and smoky bacon pair well with the bitter greens and sweet maple vinaigrette.
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Wonderful salad, I'm very fond of escarole. The one recommendation I want to make is to buy the largest head of escarole available and discard the outer leaves, using only the more yellow, inner leaves for the salad as they are more tender and less bitter. I'll make this salad often!
This salad is amazing - especially the dressing - which I now use for just about every salad I make! The first time I made it I couldn't find escarole and used leaf lettuce and it was great. Made it again with escarole - still good, but didn't like it as much. 3rd time I went back to the leaf lettuce. There will probably be a 4th time tonight!
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