Red Lettuce with Balsamic Onions

This salad is inspired by one that's made at Nick & Toni's, one of my favorite restaurants in East Hampton. They add blue cheese, which[ is incredibly delicious too.]

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 small red onions
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons minced shallots (2 large)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
  • 2 heads red-leaf, washed, spun dry, and torn into pieces.
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut the onions in 1/2 and slice 1/4-inch thick, place on a baking sheet and toss with:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the onions are tender.

Remove from oven and toss with 2 more tablespoons balsamic vinegar and cool to room temperature.

Whisk together the shallots, mustard, red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. While whisking, add 3/4 cup olive oil until emulsified.

To assemble, toss enough lettuce for 6 people with dressing, to taste. Place the lettuce on 6 plates and arrange the onions on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.


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