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A Gourmet Meal, Caramalized

One of my favorite things to do on a foggy Sunday is to walk through Golden Gate Park to the Richmond district and hit up Green Apple Books. Green Apple is a gem of a bookstore. While it has a ton of new books, I love browsing their used selection and frequently find an armful of books between their two next-door-to-each-other locations. On a recent trip, I purchased Seasonal Food. I was sold on the simplicity, the images and the carrot cake recipe (which I am yet to make). With a $7 green pricetag, I couldn’t resist. I had already sampled the summer vegetable couscous recipe, so decided that this weekend called for a combination of two recipes: roast shallot, tomato and thyme salad and baked chicken with cinnamon and honey-roast tomatoes. While at first, it seemed like there would be an overabundance of tomatoes, the end result was as delicious as the pictures in this glorious book. The honey-roasted tomatoes (drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon–something I’d never thought of) were the perfect accompaniment to a smoked paprika and garlic marinated breast of chicken.

The beauty of this meal, though, was a salad that could have graced the plate at any simple California-fresh-focused restaurant. If you’ve never tried roasted/caramelized shallots, you must try this salad–and maybe follow up with this recipe from Smitten Kitchen if you can’t get enough. Without further ado:

Roast Shallot, Tomato and Thyme Salad (c/o Seasonal Food cookbook)

**Serves 4
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. soft brown sugar
11-12 shallots, peeled
salt & pepper
2 cups of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 handfuls of arugula
1/2 cup shaved Parmesan

The dressing
thyme leaves (fresh or dried)–I used dried, but highly recommend getting some fresh herbs, if you can
1/2 clove of garlic
1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
4 tsp. olive oil

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small bowl. Put shallots in baking dish and drizzle with sauce. Season with salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes–periodically shaking.

Prepare the dressing: combine thyme with crushed garlic, vinegar and olive oil. Whisk together and season with salt and pepper–set aside.

Combine tomatoes and roast shallots, drizzle with dressing. Divide up the shallot/tomato mixture and place on top of arugula and decorate with Parmesan.


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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • thanks for the salad recipe. it sounds really unique.

  • how much balsamic vinegar?

  • Kasey

    Oops–Sorry for the omission. I’ve updated the post and the shallot sauce calls for 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.Thanks for reading, Arugula Afficinado. Hope to deliver more good recipes!

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