Who said salads have to be green? This one combines smoky onions with the juicy goodness of tomatoes and undoubtedly serves as a wonderful accompaniment to a grilled steak.

Grilled Red Onion and Tomato Salad

Who said salads have to be green? This one combines smoky onions with the juicy goodness of tomatoes and undoubtedly serves as a wonderful accompaniment to a grilled steak.

Ingredients

  • 2 large red onions
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ripe beefsteak tomatoes
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Directions

Place the onions on a baking sheet. Thread the slices onto skewers and brush both sides of each slice with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill onions over a medium hot fire turning once, until streaked with dark grill marks, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Transfer the onions to a cutting board and cool slightly. Remove the skewers. Cut the onion slices in half, then place them in a serving bowl and toss gently to separate the layers.

Add the tomatoes, basil, and salt and pepper to taste to the bowl with the onions. Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil and the vinegar over the salad; toss gently. Cover and set aside at room temperature for up to an hour before serving.

Makes 4 servings.