Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Grilled Sweet Onion & Tomato Salad

Grilled Sweet Onion & Tomato Salad, right,
accompanied by Sweet N Spicy BBQ Glazed Pork Chops, and an ear of corn.

This comes from Wegmans Menu magazine. I can't believe how good it is: the onions' sugars caramelize over the grill's heat, bringing out the Vidalias' natural sweetness. (Alone, they would be a wonderful topping for a good steak.) That's accentuated by the sugars found in the balsamic vinegar and the grape tomatoes, while the basil adds a hint of brightness. Delicious.

What a nice way to trick yourself into eating vegetables.

Grilled Sweet Onion & Tomato Salad

2 Vidalia onions, peeled and cut crosswise 1/2-inch thick
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pint grape tomatoes, stems removed, rinsed and halved
12 medium basil leaves, torn or cut in thin match-like strips
2 tsp Wegmans Balsamic Vinegar
8 Metal grilling skewers (if bamboo, soak 1 hour before use)

Clean grill with wire brush; using a soft cloth, coat grill lightly with vegetable oil. Preheat grill on medium heat for 10 min.

Run two parallel skewers, approximately 1-inch apart, through each sliced onion chunk, lollypop-style. Brush with 1 1/2 Tbsp oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Grill onions, turning once, 10-12 minutes, until streaked with grill marks.
Transfer onions to cutting board; cool slightly. Remove skewers, cut onions slices in half and place in serving bowl; toss to separate layers.

Add tomatoes, basil, and remaining oil and vinegar; toss. Serves 4.

Grade: A+


Anonymous said...

Oh yum!

Acme Instant Food said...

I don't even LIKE tomatoes (yep--I'm weird) and I'm salivating over that recipe and picture. Now onions, THOSE I can eat all day and all night--and then find myself alone and unloved with dragon breath. Thanks for this post. I'm feeling a steak on the grill in the near future!

Rachel said...

yum! i love all of that!