Sweet Pickled Onions are a Perfect Match for Strawberries
As much as I like strawberries in a dessert or simply eating them out of hand, I actually find myself serving them more often as part of a salad. This time I let them take center stage and topped them with some lightly sweetened pickled red onions. While this may seem odd, onions actually pair beautifully with strawberries.
The onions are sliced very thin – I used a mandolin – and are mixed with fresh lemon juice, sugar, and salt. The lemon juice provides a light pickled flavor and tones down any harshness of the onions.
When it came to the dressing, I decided pomegranate molasses would spark up the strawberries perfectly. I just drizzled it on and added a little salt and some olive oil. The feta cheese is the salty balance to the rest of the salad.
I topped the salad with nigella seeds. If you’ve never tried them, I heartily recommend you do so. They are used extensively in Indian, Middle Eastern, and South African cuisines. I use them in all sorts of dishes. Their flavor is like a mix between onion and pepper, while some people also detect oregano. I use them to top dinner rolls, add them to braises, salads, etc. They added a welcome savory accent to the strawberries and onions.
As I’ve mentioned, this type of salad is the kind of food I make most often. Serve it with a simple roasted chicken or grilled meat of any kind. Add some crusty bread and it’s one of my favorite meals.