Vinaigrettes are equally as important to me as their salad counterparts. With a proper choice of ingredients, one can really make a salad burst with flavor with a perfectly paired vinaigrette.
I’ve posted before on vinaigrettes made with reduced beet juice ( think salad of crunchy vegetables, lentils and goat cheese) and a vinaigrette made with a fresh pear (think baby greens with apples, bacon, and blue cheese).
I’ve posted on a vinaigrette made with strawberry vinegar, one made with pineapple juice, vinaigrettes with parsley or curry powder… the list is really endless because the possibilities are endless.
Recently I was inspired by a vinaigrette recipe made with roasted onion and shallot. And I got to thinking what I could add to that… because I can’t leave a recipe alone. This is one I created.
Beyond roasting the vegetables, which is left to your oven, the rest is easy!
Make a triple batch! You’ll love how versatile this is. Serve with grilled leeks or asparagus.
Roasted Vegetable Vinaigrette
1 purple onion, peeled, quartered
1 red bell pepper, trimmed, de-seeded, cut into 8ths
6 shallots, peeled, halved
6 cloves garlic, peeled
Olive oil, divided
Red wine vinegar
Tabasco sauce (optional)
Preheat the oven to a roast setting, or 400 degrees F.
Place the onion, red bell pepper, shallots and garlic cloves on a jelly roll pan or rimmed roasting sheet. Generously drizzle olive oil over the vegetables, about 1/4 cup. Season with salt and pepper.
Roast until vegetables show some caramelization and are tender. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool.
Place all of the vegetables and olive oil into a blender jar.
Blend until smooth, adding another 1/4 cup or so of olive oil.
Then add the red wine vinegar. I’m not offering amounts in this recipe, only because I like my vinaigrettes strongly vinegar-flavored. Most people I’ve cooked for do not.
If you want some zing, add some Tabasco sauce, taste away, and season more if necessary. Taste for salt.
Make sure the vinaigrette is smooth. If you use cruets for your vinaigrettes, you are familiar with the problem with one little piece of garlic clogging the spout!
The salad I created to showcase this vinaigrette was simple. Butter lettuce, crab, avocado, green onions, and black sesame seeds.
It was a perfect pairing of tastes and textures.
I was lucky enough to have frozen crab legs left over from the holidays, so I used that crab. But grilled shrimp or scallops would also be divine.
Note: This recipe actually makes a fabulous dipping sauce if you omit the vinegar.