The week we got back up to Alaska, Karen and I thought a salad would be a nice complement to the Perfect Creamed Potatoes and for finishing off the Italian sausages leftover from our trip up to Alaska. However I prefer red onion in my salad and all she had was yellow onion. I don’t like a ton of raw yellow onion in my salad. So I decided to saute it a bit first so the taste would be a bit milder and sweeter. Then I started thinking about what else I could do with it to make it even sweeter, as the salad already had leftover pineapple chunks in it, and I went on one of my crazy experimental things from there (though this recipe isn’t at all complex). I called this “Super Green Salad” simply because without realizing it most of the veggies that went into it were green. For some reason we seemed to have eaten all the non-green veggies. We actually meant to put green peppers into it too, but I forgot them till it was too late (sad). Go ahead and offer salad dressing with this if you want, but tell folks to give it a taste test first, as we found that the sweetness of the pineapple and the Sweet Onion Sauce made it pretty darn good without any other dressing at all. Also, I’d VERY smugly like you to note the better quality of photo from this and the last posts…my new camera arrived and I finally figured out how to get the photos off of it. Satisfaction!
Sweet Onion Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, sliced or diced thinly
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
2-3 tablespoons honey, to taste
1. Combine olive oil, onions, salt, pepper and honey in a skillet over low to medium-low heat.
2. Saute till the onions are browned and there’s a sauce of onion juices, oil and honey.
3. Let the mixture cool so as not to wilt your greens and toss into your salad with all the juices.
Super Green Salad
1 16-oz. package baby spinach
1 small head lettuce (your choice)
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup pineapple, cut into chunks
1/4 cup whole almonds, crushed
1/2 medium cucumber, sliced thin
1/2 tablespoon dried sweet basil
cayenne pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon orange peel
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 recipe Sweet Onion Sauce (above)
1. Combine everything in a bowl and toss till thoroughly mixed and coated. If you want to do it the lazy way, put everything in a large bowl with a lid, put the lid on and shake it around that way.