Red Lettuce with Balsamic Onions

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
3 small red onions
60ml plus 2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar
240ml good olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 tbsp minced shallots
2 tsp Dijon mustard
60ml good red wine vinegar
2 heads red-leaf lettuce, washed, spun dry and torn into pieces
1) Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.

2) Cut the onions in half and slice 1/2cm thick, place on a baking sheet and toss with: 60ml balsamic vinegar, 60ml olive oil, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.

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

4) Remove from oven and toss with 2 more tbsp balsamic vinegar and cool to room temperature.

5) Whisk together the shallots, mustard, red wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a small bowl. While whisking, add 180ml olive oil until emulsified.

6) 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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