Ode to my father's chicory salad


My father doesn't cook often. When he does, it is usually one of five or so recipes. His chicory salad is the one I remember best. When i was a child, I liked it but I didn't like the bitterness of the chicory. Now that I am older and more accustomed to bitter flavours, I like it a lot and I made my own version of his salad.

400g tortellini
4 chalks of celery
3 or 4 chicory's
1-2 pears or apples
5-6 table spoons of yogonnaise (mayonnaise with yoghurt)
5 small gherkins
fresh parsley, finely sliced
salt & pepper

 Cook the tortellini according to the package. Meanwhile, chop the celery and gherkins and finely slice the chicory. Grate the pear/apple on a coarse grater or finely slice it. Cook the celery with the tortellini for the last few minutes of its cooking time.

Mix all ingredients together and serve it in a pretty bowl.