Definition of escarole in US English:



North American
  • An endive of a variety with broad undivided leaves and a slightly bitter flavor, used in salads.

    • ‘For added zing, cut up your extra escarole for a side salad with tomatoes, garbanzos, and Italian dressing.’
    • ‘Sow more rocket and other autumn salads such as escarole and radicchio, which will last until Christmas.’
    • ‘To keep your digestive juices flowing, try adding salads to your diet that are made from bitter greens such as dandelions, escarole, watercress and mustard greens.’
    • ‘So endives, including Belgian endive, curly endive and escarole, are all chicories.’
    • ‘To serve, place some escarole into a soup bowl and spoon some soup on top.’
    • ‘If you want to continue exploring, toss curly endive, escarole, arugula or radicchio - all of which have a distinct flavour - into your green salad to add some bite.’


Early 20th century: from French, from Italian scar(i)ola, based on Latin esca ‘food’.