of bacon fat in the pan. Add the shallots and saute over medium heat until they soften. Turn off the heat and add the vinegar. Swirl to combine. Add a few turns of the pepper mill's worth of fresh black pepper.
Especially not when autumn salads can be as tasty as this warm roasted cauliflower and butternut squashsaladwith streaky bacon and caramelised pecans served with a sweet but sharp honey and balsamic dressing
spring salad greens. crumbled goatcheese. Whisk together 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in 1 tablespoon oil and then 1 tablespoon hot water until well-blended. Toss beets in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon of the vinaigrette, and set aside. Toss asparagus with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in a small shallow baking pan. Arrange in a single layer in pan, and sprinkle with salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. roast in middle of oven, shaking pan occasionally, for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and just tender. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and return to oven for 1 minute or until vinegar is reduced to a glaze. Arrange salad greens, asparagus, and reserved beets on 4 plates, and sprinkle with pine nuts andgoatcheese. Drizzle saladwith remaining vinaigrette, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. whole jarred pickled beets, drained and quartered (about 6 1/2 ounces)
replace the bacon with a few walnuts or pine nuts, throw in a couple of handfuls of greens, like arugula for instance, add an apple, some mushrooms or caramelized onions, or a few chunks of cooked chicken… with very little imagination, you could easily turn this into a complete and delicious meal