This Caramelized Onion and Fennel Spinach Salad is a perfect side dish to a grilled chicken or a grilled steak. The flavor combination of fennel and red onion is delicious. The fennel can be served with a lemony vinaigrette, or can be added to a cream cheese for dipping. If you are serving it with a grilled chicken, this salad is a great choice.
I had big plans today.
I wanted to go to the mall and spend Christmas money (by the way, I hope everyone had a great Christmas!) Then I wanted to go to Target and use a gift card on a really cute dress or something. Maybe some earrings. Then I needed to return a few fugly undesirable Christmas presents I received.
In between all that I planned on getting a latte or cappuccino, depending on my mood. Maybe a muffin also.
But if I was going to be gone from home for a few hours then I thought I ought to take Holly for a walk. Afterall, shes an Aussie and they need to be walked everyday. An energetic dog cooped up in an apartment = a destructive dog.
I laced up my Nikes and started walking my usual two mile route with Holly. A few minutes into the walk a good song came on. The song? Love Game by Lady Gaga.
The song has a great beat and always gets me pumped up. I started to jog and my ankles felt weak, probably due to the fact that I am a few pounds heavier because of all the holiday food I ate. A few seconds later I felt my left ankle roll and totally fell on my face. Busted my ass. Ate the floor. Whichever you prefer.
Caramelized Onion and Fennel Spinach Salad on Puff Pastry
- 1 Puff Pastry Sheet thawed
- 1 Egg whisked
- 1 TBS Butter
- 1 cup Onion julienne cut
- 1/2 cup Fennel thinly sliced
- 1 TBS Ginger minced
- 4 cups Spinach fresh and washed
- Salt Pepper
- Sliced Apples optional garnish
- Unroll the puff pastry sheet on a floured surface. Cut in four quarters. (Optional: Using a jagged edge pastry cutter, cut the edges and place on top of the edges as shown in the top picture, to create a border.)
- Whisk an egg with 1 tsp salt and brush lightly on top of the puff pastry. Use a fork and score the dough (which means to poke holes in the dough). Bake for at least 6 minutes, until golden brown.
- In a large saute pan on medium heat add the TBS of butter. When melted add the onions and fennel. Caramelize for at least 8 minutes on medium heat until translucent. Add the ginger and stir for at least three minutes until aromatic.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the spinach, salt and pepper and toss with tongs until the spinach is fulling mixed with the onions and fennel. The warm pan will slightly wilt the spinach.
- Place salad on each puff pastry square and serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks
To make a delicious and healthy caramelized onion and fennel spinach salad, you first need to prepare the vegetables. To do this, cut the fennel and onion into quarter-inch-thick slices. Then, add the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook the veggies over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Raise the heat to high and stir them for another 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid has evaporated. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add lemon zest and parmesan, and finish with the pepita seeds.
When making this salad, you should keep the fennel and onions separate to prevent them from getting mixed up. You should make enough to serve four servings, so that you can make this in advance. You can also use them as a topping on other dishes or a step in a gratin. To save time, you can keep them in an airtight container for up to four days. If you don’t want to prepare this dish right away, you can freeze it for 3 months. Simply reheat it with a little olive oil before serving.
To make the salad, first prepare the fennel. Then, slice the onion and fennel and cook them for 15 minutes. Then, chop the vegetables. Once the onions and fennel are caramelized, you can add them to the couscous. After that, mix in the couscous with the rest of the ingredients.
A tasty and nutritious side dish is Caramelized Onion and Fenny Couscous. Adding these ingredients to pearled couscous makes this recipe a delicious and healthy side dish for any meal. The couscous is gluten-free and vegan. It can be paired with grilled meat or fish. If you want to prepare the perfect salad for your next party, this is a great choice.
Whether you prefer a savory or sweet salad, caramelized fennel and onions will pair beautifully with any grilled meats and arugula. If you are looking for a delicious side dish, you can add some roasted chicken and roasted fennel to the salad. A savory side dish, the salad will compliment almost any meal.
The flavors of this salad are heavenly. The sweet fennel and onion pairs perfectly with the grilled chicken. You can even serve it as a side dish with leftover chicken and grilled meat. You can also serve this salad with a grilled chicken. The roasted fennel and onion will complement your grilled chicken. If you don’t have any fennel, try adding sliced mushrooms.
In this recipe, a caramelized onion and fennel are combined with pearled couscous. The combination of bitter and pungent flavors creates a hearty side dish that can be enjoyed by everyone. The caramelized fennel is a great side dish with grilled chicken and grilled meats. If you are a vegetarian, you can even make it with a roasted chicken.
You can make this salad with fennel or onions. To make this recipe more ethnic, you can substitute fennel with Italian couscous and red onion. To make it gluten-free, use toasted pearled quinoa. For an alternative, you can add fennel. The roasted fennel and onion in this recipe will be a great contrast.