As most of you will already know, I am a huge fan of Yotam Ottolenghi. Obsessed would be an appropriate word for it. His Mediterrasian recipes (a mix of Middle Eastern & Mediterranean) combine all of my favourite ingredients and flavours in a way that is impossible to resist. This is one of said recipes. It came up on my Twitter feed from The Guardian food section a few Sundays ago and I knew that I wanted to make it straight away.
Don’t you love it when that happens? You are pondering what to make for lunch with the (sometimes) minimal contents of your fridge. You stumble across a recipe that you are desperate to make and you actually have all the ingredients in the house. Food Serendipity I like to call it, and it makes me smile.
Warm Roasted Red Onion Salad with Spicy Walnut Pickle Dressing
Serves 2, vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free. Adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi at The Guardian
- 2 medium red onions
- 2 tsp olive oil
- salt and black pepper
- rocket/watercress or mixed leaves
- a handful of coriander/parsley leaves
- some crumbled Greek feta or goat’s cheese (optional)
For the Walnut Pickle Dressing:
- 30g walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 0r 1 red chilli (depending how hot) deseeded & finely chopped
- 1/2 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
- 3 tsp sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
- 1 + 1/2 tsp olive oil
Preheat the oven to 200 C. Peel the onions and cut off the tops and bottoms. Cut each onion widthways into two or three slices about 2cm thick (see pic. above) and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush with olive oil, season with salt and black pepper, and roast for about 20 minutes, until cooked and golden-brown on top. If they haven’t browned much you can pop them under the grill for a few minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
While the onions are cooking, put all the ingredients for the walnut pickle in a small bowl, season with salt & black pepper, stir and set aside. It gets better the longer you leave it.
To serve, put the salad leaves and most of the coriander/parsley in bowl, tip over about half of the walnut pickle and toss to coat evenly. Divide this between your serving plates, arrange the onion slices on top, tip over some more walnut pickle, crumble over the feta and finish with some more coriander/parsley leaves.
This spicy, robust salad is perfect as a lunch dish on its own but would also be a fantastic accompaniment to a spring/summer Sunday roast (especially beef), if you can’t be bothered with all those potatoes and vegetables. It’s a lighter and easier option for this time of year and is equally good served warm or at room temperature. The onions could even be done on the barbecue and served as a side dish alfresco if the weather is being kind to you…..
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Rufus enjoying our favourite hill walk, a treat for all his fans out there epsecially you Greg.
While we enjoyed the wild flowers too…..
Have a great weekend!