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Grilled red onion salad with hazelnut aillade

Australian Gourmet Traveller barbecue recipe for grilled red onion salad with hazelnut aillade.

By Rodney Dunn
  • Serves 6
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking
Grilled red onion salad with hazelnut aillade
Grilled red onion salad with hazelnut aillade

Onion, often relegated to mere burger garnish, is a star ingredient in this dish, which is great served with grilled fish or chicken. Aillade is a thick sauce of puréed garlic and pounded walnuts. This version uses hazelnuts but you can substitute any nut you wish.

Ingredients

  • 4 Spanish onions, cut widthways into 1.5cm-thick slices
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup (loosely packed) oregano leaves
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
Hazelnut aillade
  • 45 gm (¼ cup) hazelnuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 orange, zested rind only

Method

Main
  • 1
    For hazelnut aillade, preheat oven to 180C. Roast hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking tray until golden and fragrant (5-7 minutes), cool, rub with a tea towel to remove skins, set aside. Meanwhile, pound garlic in a mortar and pestle to a fine paste, then transfer to a small bowl. Pound hazelnuts in a mortar and pestle until fine, then stir in garlic paste, olive oil and orange rind. Season to taste.
  • 2
    Preheat a char-grill or barbecue to medium heat. Brush onion slices with oil and grill, turning once, until tender (8 minutes each side). While warm, combine in a bowl with herbs, season to taste. Serve drizzled with aillade.

Notes

Drink Suggestion: Dry rosé. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

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  • Author: Rodney Dunn