I’ve been making salads like crazy the last couple of weeks. Maybe because its January or because its gray and foggy almost constantly where I live and a big plate of crunchy veggies somehow makes me think of spring. Ok, let’s be real, it’s January and I could use a few more salads and a whole lot less of just about everything else.
I discovered caramelizing sweet onions ahead of time, saving them in the fridge to use throughout the week, after reading Shauna Niequist’s, Bread and Wine and now I can’t get enough. They are so good in a salad, and now I feel like I HAVE to have them all the time.
Anyway, this blog isn’t really about onions, it’s actually about the salad dressing. My friend gave me the recipe to a lovely lemon vinaigrette that is bright and acidic, a tiny bit sweet and perfect over greens, veggies and a little goat cheese or feta (and don’t forget the onions)!
I think the original recipe is from Betty Crocker and as I almost always do, I improvised a little based on what I had. It’s hands down my favorite dressing right now.
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- the juice of one lemon (between 1/4-1/3 cup)
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- a splash of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Combine all the ingredients in a jar with a lid. Shake it up until well combined and store in the fridge for a couple of days.
My favorite salad:
- baby spinach
- English cucumber
- red pepper
- goat cheese
- sunflower seeds
- garlic croutons
- caramelized onions
- grilled chicken or turkey deli meat
To make the onions, slice up two large walla walla sweet onions. Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat with 1/2 tablespoon butter and a tiny splash of olive oil. The key with onions is low and slow. As they begin to soften and change color, lower the heat a little and stir often. Salt them halfway through. When they are a nice caramel color, take them off the heat and let them cool. Store in the refrigerator to use all week-long.