Rustic Western Salad with Caramelized Onions

This rustic western salad was a hit all around the dinner table this week. Sometimes, I forget the simplicity in just a good ole’ salad. Although I’m the first to admit that I’m not the biggest salad fan, if I make it gourmet and “froo-froo” I tend to enjoy them. I much prefer roasted veggies, smoothies, or simple steamed veggies; but this salad really takes those amazing veggies up a notch. I think two components really take this salad from boring to awesome: the caramelized onions (recipe at the end of this post) and the Miyokos Smoked Farmhouse “Cheese”.

Plus, we all know the important of getting our daily greens in. Besides drinking the Everyday Green Smoothie, incorporating locally grown veggies into your diet is just so important. When you eat locally grown food, you are not only supporting your local small business economy, you are also getting a power house of soil based organisms that are beneficial to your gut.

Rustic Western Salad with Caramelized Onions
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)

Ingredients
3 cups of local mixed greens or any of your favorite leafy lettuce
1 locally grown tomato diced
1/4 cup of Miyokos Smoked Farmhouse “Cheese” diced
1/2 candy onion, caramelized (recipe below)
Your favorite dressing, I used Primal Kitchen’s Paleo Ranch which added the right amount of creamy against the smokiness of the salad
Directions
Put all of your ingredients into a beautiful bowl, toss and serve!

Caramelized Onions
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)

Ingredients
1 candy onion sliced into thin strips
1 tbsp avocado oil
Sea salt
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan
Directions
In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until its bubbling. Add the sliced onions, sprinkle with salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until they’ve wilted completely and are beginning to stick to the bottom of the pa (about 10-20 minutes). The pan will begin to brown. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue to cook, stirring and scraping the pan with a spoon every few minutes. ¬†Continue this process until the onions have turned a uniform Carmel brown color, about 30 minutes. Add the balsamic and scrape down the pan well. ¬†Take half to put on your Rustic Western Salad and let the leftover onions to cool and then store in the fridge.

Onions-Onions are a high source of polyphenols. Polyphenols are one of the highest sources of phytonutrients which is known for disease prevention. Onions have cardiovascular benefits, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is known to prevent cancer.