Warm Octopus and Sweet Onion Salad with Fresh Sage and Lemon Vinaigrette

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
1 hr 40 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
  • Lemon-Sage Vinaigrette:
  • 3 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 sage leaves, chiffonade
  • Sweet Onion Salad:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 sweet onions, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Octopus:
  • 2 pounds octopus, cleaned
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons aged sherry vinegar
  • 4 wine corks
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped fresh sage and parsley, for garnish
Directions
Lemon-Sage Vinaigrette:

Place lemon juice, shallot, garlic and honey in a medium saucepan and reduce to 1/2 cup. Place reduced syrup into a blender, add olive oil, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and fold into the sage.

Sweet Onion Salad:

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan with sugar over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft and caramelized. Add the vinegar and cook until reduced. Season with salt and pepper.

Octopus:

Place the octopus, water, vinegar, corks, garlic, bay leaf and peppercorns in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until tender, about 1 1/2 hrs. Remove the octopus from the water and place on a platter lined with paper towels. Heat the grill or grill pan. Cut the octopus into pieces, brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.

Assembly: Place the octopus on a platter, drizzle with the vinaigrette, top with the onion slices and sprinkle with the fresh herbs.


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