Portuguese Salad Dressing with Roasted Garlic
This delicious Portuguese salad dressing is nice with a cheese and tomato salad. To make the salad, you can arrange a thinly sliced Portuguese cheese (these weigh about twelve ounces) and a couple of thinly sliced ripe tomatoes on a plate. Add some sprigs of fresh parsley and salt, as well as this garlic and red onion dressing. You can also turn this salad into a sandwich by layering the cheese and tomatoes with smoked ham between slices of bread. Add a little of this dressing to taste.
You will have some of this Portuguese salad dressing left over (it is not worth making a tiny amount only) so use it to drizzle over grilled chicken, fish or vegetables. The main ingredient in this Portuguese salad dressing is garlic and you will need a whole bulb (a whole head) of garlic to make it. The flavor of garlic changes as it cooks, much like the flavor of onion. It becomes softer and sweeter, so if a whole garlic bulb sounds like too much, do not worry because the quantity will be just right, especially when combined with the red onion, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt.
- 1 whole garlic bulb
- ⅓ cup minced red onion
- ½ cup plus ½ teaspoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut the pointed top off the garlic bulb to expose the cloves.
- Drizzle ½ teaspoon of the olive oil over the cut cloves and then wrap the garlic bulb in aluminum foil.
- Roast it for 45 minutes or until the garlic cloves are golden and tender.
- Let the garlic cool.
- Peel the garlic cloves and put them in a small bowl, with the onion, salt, and red pepper flakes.
- Whisk in the remaining ½ cup of oil.
Garlic and red onion are the key ingredients in this Portuguese style salad dressing which also includes oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to balance the flavor. It might sound like a lot of garlic but the garlic is roasted in this Portuguese dressing, which means its sharp flavor turns into a sweet flavor, rather like onion when you caramelize it. The sweetness of the roasted garlic and the tart flavor of the red onion are wonderful together, and this is a nice dressing to choose if you are serving fish with salad because the flavors would be wonderful with such a meal.
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