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Roasted Onion Bacon & Tomato Salad

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hours

Effort

Pellets

Hickory

Complement your main course with this crunchy side. Sweet onions are smoked over hickory then roasted till tender before getting tossed with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and crispy bacon, all tied together with a homemade vinaigrette.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

6

Units of Measurement:

main

  • 4 Whole sweet onions, outer skins removed

  • 6 Pieces bacon, sliced

  • 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 Teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 Cup croutons, for serving

  • 1/2 Cup shaved Parmesan

  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 2 Cup crunchy lettuce, coarsely chopped

  • 10 Ounce cherry tomatoes, halved

Steps

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180˚F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    Grill180 ˚F

  • 2

    Place the onions directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 30 minutes.

    Ingredients

    • 4 Whole sweet onions, outer skins removed

  • 3

    Remove the onions from the grill and wrap each onion individually in aluminum foil. Increase the grill temperature to 350˚F.

    Grill350 ˚F

  • 4

    Place the wrapped onions directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until the onions are tender, around 1 hour.
  • 5

    Place the bacon directly on the grill grates next to the onions. Close the lid and cook for 30-35 minutes until it reaches the desired crispness. Remove the bacon from the grill, allow it to cool, and crumble it. Set it aside.

    Ingredients

    • 6 Pieces bacon, sliced

  • 6

    Remove the onions from the grill and allow them to cool. When the onions have cooled, coarsely chop the flesh and discard the ends.
  • 7

    Make the dressing. In a large bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

    • 1 Teaspoon salt

    • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil

    • 1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 8

    Assemble the salad. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, smoked onions, and bacon crumbles. Pour dressing on top and toss salad until well coated. Top with croutons and parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup croutons, for serving

    • 1/2 Cup shaved Parmesan

    • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced

    • 2 Cup crunchy lettuce, coarsely chopped

    • 10 Ounce cherry tomatoes, halved

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