Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Grilled Scallion and Spinach Salad with a Scallion Dressing

Here's a nice twist on a spinach salad...lots on oniony flavor with grilled green onions.

For the dressing:
6 large green onions, white and light green parts only
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate until ready for use.

For the salad:

12 loosely packed cups fresh baby spinach leaves
20 green onions (most of the dark tops removed)
Olive oil for grilling the onions
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 cup of your favorite blue cheese, crumbled

Make a few cuts on the green onion bulbs to create a little flower like appearance once they're grilled.
Toss the green onions in a little olive oil and then preheat a grill pan until it's smokin' hot.  Grill the onion until they get a nice little char and soften a bit.
Cut the onions into one inch pieces saving the bulb for garnishing the finished salad.
Toss the spinach, bacon, blue cheese and straight green onion pieces together.  garnish  the top of the salad with those pretty onion "flowers".  Serve with the sweet onion dressing.

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