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Herb Salad with Pickled Red Onion and Preserved Lemon

Herb Salad with Pickled Red Onion and Preserved Lemon


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You can pluck the herbs ahead of time and chill them wrapped in damp paper towels in airtight bags.

Ingredients

  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ preserved lemon, flesh removed, peel sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • 1 cup parsley leaves with tender stems
  • Olive oil and flaky sea salt (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Place onion in a small heatproof bowl. Bring vinegar and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour over onion and let cool.

  • Drain onion and place in a medium bowl; add preserved lemon, cilantro, mint, parsley, and dill and toss to combine. Drizzle lightly with oil, season with salt, and toss again to coat.

Recipe by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo, Animal and Jon & Vinny's, Los Angeles, CA,

Nutritional Content

Calculated for 8 servings: Calories (kcal) 60 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 550Reviews Section

Herb Salad with Pickled Red Onion and Preserved Lemon - Recipes

This chicken salad couldn’t be easier to make and it couldn’t be any more delicious!

It’s a perfect way to dress up some cold leftover roast chicken and the addition of finely minced preserved lemon and toasted walnuts elevates it from being an ordinary chicken salad to something really special. Celery and grapes give it a lovely fresh crunch.

Preserved lemons are pickled in salt so it’s unlikely you’ll need to add extra.

Make at least two and up to 24 hours ahead.

Salad of Chicken, Walnuts, Grapes, Celery & Pickled Lemon

SALAD OF CHICKEN, TOASTED WALNUTS, GRAPES & PRESERVED LEMON

2 cups (480ml measure) of cooked chicken, cut into 1 inch (2.5cm) cubes

3/4 cup (180ml measure) of toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped

1 cup (240ml measure) of chopped celery

1 cup (240ml measure) of crisp red grapes

1 tablespoon (15ml) of minced preserved lemon and 1 tablespoon (15ml) of preserved lemon juice

1/4 – 1/3 cup (60-80ml) of best quality mayonnaise

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 24.


Sweet pickled garlic

Did you know garlic has a season? Well, you do if you frequent the country’s markets, where massive stalks of purple-green garlic are out in all their glory. ‘Tis the season for garlic, the time to stock up for an entire year.

China is the world’s largest garlic producer, with 77% of global production, and you can get Chinese garlic year round. The heads are small and white, invariably the same size, and come in neat stacks of four inside little mesh bags. Garlic is not supposed to be clean and white, people. When it’s fresh it’s covered in a lovely purple peel, which dries to an earthy brown.

So we flock to the shook for the crates and crates of baladi garlic — the Arabic adjective slapped on anything that’s local, loved and maybe even unique to the region. We look for the largest bulbs, since they shrink as they dry. Vendors hang fat, unelegant braids outside their stands — nothing like the tidy, compact plaits you’ll find in Italy, for instance. Here, the garlic stems are thick and heavy, but let’s make this clear — when you’re paying 5 shekels a kilo for garlic, the leaves will be removed only after the garlic is weighed. If you don’t want the weight of the leaves included in the price, you’ll be paying 20 shekels a kilo, not 5.

I now have 40 garlic stalks piled on my kitchen floor, warding off vampires and hopefully enough to last me a year. Most of it will be trimmed and kept in the fridge — last year I had some fungus issues with garlic that was left hanging from the wall — but a few of the heads are being pickled. My pickled garlic is mild, sweet and snackable. If you’ve ever had the desire to eat an entire head of garlic in one sitting, this is the way to go.

For about a cup of garlic cloves:

  • 100 grams garlic (2 heads)
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Prep: 10 minutes Total: 4 days

Peel the garlic. If you’re using fresh garlic, the cloves will be covered in several layers of thick skins. You can choose to leave them intact, in which case the layers will give your pickled garlic the texture of pickled onions.

Mix the marinade — the water, the vinegar, the sugar and the salt. Add the garlic cloves and bring to a boil for 15 seconds. This will leave you with garlic that’s a little spicy and a little crunchy. If you boil it longer, say, a minute, it will be less sharp and more soft.

Cool and refrigerate for 3-4 days. The garlic mellows out with time and absorbs more of the vinegar.


How To Pickle Onions

These pickled onions are made in minutes, I am not kidding. I just use a plain old sharp knife to slice the onions. If you want perfect slices, by all means use a mandolin. I am all about the simple here. No equipment, no cooking brine, no fuss!

  • thinly slice the onion
  • pack the slices in a glass jar
  • mix the rice vinegar and sugar in a measuring cup
  • pour over the onion slices
  • put on the lid
  • DONE!

Quick Pickling Tips

Be sure to thinly slice the onions. The easiest way is with a (affiliate) mandoline . You can also use a very shape knife. Thinner slices will absorb the vinegar quickly. The thicker the slices, the more time it will take to fast pickle the onions.

I need to try these in my Snap Pea Salad Recipe. I bet they would be awesome.

Choosing different kinds of vinegar. For this recipe, I used rice wine vinegar. Feel free to experiment. Other choices could be distilled white vinegar, sherry vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

I used red wine vinegar in this Smoked Salmon Plate to quickly pickle a cucumber.

Ways to sweeten pickles? In this recipe, I used white sugar. You can also use maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar. Again have a little fun in the kitchen and see what you like best.

Best onions for pickling? I like red onions. Other great choices would be White onions, Spanish, Vidalia, or Sweet onions.

OMG, have you tried my homemade onion gravy from scratch? Seriously it is the best onion gravy in town. Move over HP Sauce, this is the NEW steak topper.

You can see why this easy Pickled Onion Recipe has become a staple. With BBQ season here, they will be flying out of the fridge into salads and burgers all summer long.

Do you have a herb garden? Give Fresh Herb Sal t a try. A fun way to make a homemade seasoning salt. Great as a meat rub, finishing salt and an awesome food gift too.

Do you have a quick pickle recipe you make all the time?

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Ingredients

  • Lemons
  • Limes
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  • Fine ground sea salt or Kosher salt
  • Herbs and spices optional

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Preserved Lemon And Pickled Garlic Gremolata

I was invited to take part in Slurrpy’s cookalong highlighting two ingredients a week for the month of December which will be used by a group of bloggers around the world. I missed last week’s cinnamon and pear but you can find a great introduction to the month by reading Tammy’s recipe for dessert pear crumble here. This week the ingredients we were given were lemons and fish. I had recently made up a batch of preserved lemons to give as hostess gifts and decided to pair that with pickled garlic to make a gremolata. Gremolata is traditionally served with osso bucco and makes use of parsley for the herb. As I was using North African flavours, I decided to pair my lemons and garlic with coriander. I had added a few chilli flakes to the preserved lemons when I made them to give them a kick and that additional note created a perfect match for the fresh yellow tail I bought yesterday. This preserved lemon and pickled garlic gremolata will work well with any fish you can find and it also married well with the asparagus that I served with our fish.


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Herb Salad with Pickled Red Onion and Preserved Lemon - Recipes

HERB SALAD WITH PRESERVED LEMON AND CRISPBREAD. 12/04/14
This salad is based on one that I first ate in Lebanon.You might want to check the saltiness of your preserved lemon before you use it &ndash they can vary wildly.

1 bunch parsley, leaves picked

1 bunch of mint, leaves picked

½ bunch marjoram or oregano, leaves picked

¼ bunch thyme, leaves picked

½ small red onion, very finely sliced

1 preserved lemon, flesh discarded, peel finely sliced

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Slice the pita bread across its middle to open it out like a book. Drizzle generously with oil, sprinkle with a little salt, place on a baking tray and put in the oven for 10 minutes until golden. Leave to cool.

Place all the herbs and the rocket on your largest chopping board, and chop everything to together until it is nice and fine. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the red onion, preserved lemon and sesame seeds. Break the crisp pita bread into small bits and throw them in the bowl, too. Season well with salt and pepper, squeeze in the lemon juice and add a good slosh of your nicest oil. Mix everything together, then transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle over the sumac and sesame seeds before serving.