from Le Marais Restaurant
6 Vidalia onions, peeled and sliced into ½ inch slices
2 cups of mixed colored cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Salt and black pepper
¾ cups of extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for grilling
¼ of Balsamic vinegar, plus extra for grilling
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of chopped mint
1 tablespoon of chopped basil
2 cups of arugula leaves
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard and the vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking, this will form an emulsion. Instead of a whisk, a blender will do the job equally as well (just be sure to rinse out the margaritas). Season with the salt and pepper and place on the side for later use.
Season the onion slices with salt and black pepper. Drizzle the slices liberally with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Onto your hot and seasoned grill, place the onions in a single layer on the grill. The onions should begin to caramelize and be ready for flipping in about 3 minutes. Don’t fiddle with the onions, let them be. Once they have caramelized, use a spatula and flip them over. Grill for another 3-4 minutes. They should be well caramelized on both sides and softened. Put the cooked onions aside, and repeat the process until they are all grilled.
While still warm from the grill, toss the onions with the herbs, arugula and the dressing. Serve immediately.
If I wanted to make this for Yom Tov, can I grill the onions 1st and put them in the fridge and assemble later with the rest of the ingredients?
Yes, the onions can be grilled ahead of time and stored. I like to assemble it at room temperature though. Sometimes I add cherry tomatoes too for color.