I classify this recipe as an Easy Salad, but you do need to plan ahead to have enough time to caramelise the onions. Depending on your onions and your preference, this can take up to 45 mins of slow cooking. But don’t be dictated to by me – cook the onions to your preferred level of caramelisation. The longer you cook them, the sweeter they are, and this pairs nicely with the bitterness of the greens.
Add some orange segments if you care too – they are so nice with this salad. I particularly like this salad with with the Slightly Pickled Jicama and Citrus Salad.
Are you after other Onion recipes? Try Sweet Onion Salad with Roasted Rd Peppers, South Indian Spring Onion Soup, Onion Marmalade, and Sweet Onion Salad with Coriander Spice. Or try Rocket and Radicchio Salad with Parmesan.
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Caramelised Onion Salad with Bitter Greens and Pinenuts
Caramelise some onions – more than you think as they reduce in size considerably – and mix with bitter greens and toasted pinenuts. Use Endive, Belgian Endive (Witlof), Radicchio or Escarole for the bitter greens.
recipe notes and alternatives
If it is out of season for these greens, I use rocket (arugala) and young nasturtium leaves, and add some capers to the salad.
Orange segments can be added to this salad.