Charred zucchini and caramelized onions add a ton of flavor to this Easy 5 Ingredient Charred Zucchini And Caramelized Onion Salad! It makes a delicious and quick side dish packed with plant protein!
It always blows my mind how, when it comes to recipes, just a small change in technique can have such a different result. For example, flourless chocolate cake is one of my favorite desserts to whip up.
If I make it using whipped egg whites that are gently folded in at the end, the resulting chocolate cake is so light and fluffy.
In comparison, if I add the eggs in and whip them up with all the other ingredients, the resulting chocolate cake is denser, almost fudge-like. Now, they are both delicious, but, it’s hard to imagine that the exact same ingredients went into each!
Last night when I was watching episode 7 of season 2 of The Great British Bake Off, one of the contestants decided to make his own puff pastry using a rather unconventional method.
Instead of layering butter and dough and rolling them out together and folding and chilling and repeating and re-repeating, he decided to roll the dough INTO the butter using a stand mixer. The judges, though skeptical, seemed intrigued.
And I found myself wishing he would pull it off so I didn’t ever have to try to spend hours and hours making pastry dough. Unfortunately, his puff pastry ended up having him sent home as it wasn’t quite as flaky or crisp as the puff pastry just about every one of the other contestants had made.
Which just goes to show, it’s technique, technique, technique – right?!
Which brings me to this Easy 5 Ingredient Charred Zucchini And Caramelized Onion Salad you are looking at.
This Easy 5 Ingredient Charred Zucchini And Caramelized Onion Salad is as quick and easy to make, as it is flavorful.
What are the 5 ingredients needed to make this Easy 5 Ingredient Charred Zucchini And Caramelized Onion Salad?
The five ingredients are:
- Red onion
- Fresh Garlic
- Canned Chickpeas
- Canned Sweet Corn
Along with some salt and pepper to taste and some oil to char and cook everything up with.
I was challenged to keep the ingredients involved in this to 5 or below. Now, I usually use a ton of turmeric, coriander, and the like, in my recipes. But, with the cap on ingredients, I figured I would have to add flavor into this warm salad in some other way.
And that’s when I thought why not caramelize the onions and char the zucchini!
Y’all – the resulting salad was so good, so flavorful! I actually enjoyed it without feeling the need to douse it with a shaking of coriander or cumin or sriracha!
Now, I added in a little garlic, sweet peas and corn – but, you can easily sub out the corn and peas for black beans and lima beans and serve it for your holiday meal. Or, sub in black eye peas and collard greens are serve it for your New Year’s meal!
As long as you char the zucchini and caramelize the onions, you will have one heck of a delicious warm salad to enjoy!