The best part of this salad is the dressing. Its great on any salad and I prefer using big yellow onions that are strong in flavor. Add a bit of goat cheese for extra flavor.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Place onions cut side down on baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn onions over and bake until brown and caramelized, about 30 minutes longer. Set aside to cool.

  • Place onions in food processor, add remaining oil, broth and vinegar. Puree until smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

  • In a large salad bowl, combine greens, 1/2 cup walnuts and half of red onion. Add enough dressing to coat greens, toss well. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts and red onion and serve.

Nutrition Facts

303.2 calories; 3.7 g protein; 8.6 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 60.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This dressing would make a rock taste good. When you make it be sure to include all the crispy black bits and the caramelized juices in the bottom of the onion roasting pan. Instead of sherry and chicken broth I used vegetable broth a little bit of chevre a dash of apple cider vinegar and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Dressing was to die for. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/12/2004
Not a winner. Like someone else said the dressing is basically a chicken gravy served over salad. On paper it looks like a good idea but in practice it just didn't work. Sorry Barrett! On the upside I think the dressing would taste fabulous served warm over grilled chicken and it was easy to make. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This dressing would make a rock taste good. When you make it be sure to include all the crispy black bits and the caramelized juices in the bottom of the onion roasting pan. Instead of sherry and chicken broth I used vegetable broth a little bit of chevre a dash of apple cider vinegar and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Dressing was to die for. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This dressing would make a rock taste good. When you make it be sure to include all the crispy black bits and the caramelized juices in the bottom of the onion roasting pan. Instead of sherry and chicken broth I used vegetable broth a little bit of chevre a dash of apple cider vinegar and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Dressing was to die for. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This is a good dressing but there are improvements that could be made to this recipe. First 2 "large" onions is kind of vague. I think I ended up using a lot more onion than was intended making the dressing kind of thick. It would be better to use lbs or cups as a measurement. Second some measurement of salt and pepper should be listed to adjust to taste because it is easy to overlook. The dressing was really bland the first time I served it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
The combination of the walnuts & red onion along with the dressing is quite a nice surprize. With the added ease of packaged greens this recipe is very quick! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Great.. kids hated it but I loved it. Served it on young spinach too.. even better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2010
Amazing salad and very original dressing with a great strong flavor! Even though it takes more than an hour to prepare I totally recommend it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
I made this for dinner with a roasted chicken this Saturday night and I really liked it. I didn't toast the walnuts but it was great. I halved the recipe and the dressing was a bit thick but otherwise impressive! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/12/2004
Not a winner. Like someone else said the dressing is basically a chicken gravy served over salad. On paper it looks like a good idea but in practice it just didn't work. Sorry Barrett! On the upside I think the dressing would taste fabulous served warm over grilled chicken and it was easy to make. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2005
The roasted onion dressing has a thick consistency with a sweet tang. A welcome change from the creamy or vinegary dressings usually used on salads. Everyone who has tried this recipe loves it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/04/2004
I don't understand the rave reviews. This is the worst thing I've ever tasted - I say "tasted" because we couldn't eat it. One taste and we threw it out. I went over and over the recipe to see if perhaps I made a mistake in my preparation but I didn't. This dressing was more like GRAVY on salad! It SOUNDS good but just didn't deliver on taste. It tasted like oily gravy. I'm so sorry Barrett. It's probably just us! All the other reviewers seemed to like it! Read More
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