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Nonno's Salata Dressing

Our family's go-to salad (taught to me by my Italian grandfather, my “Nonno”) is tossed in a simple dressing made of thinly sliced onions (slightly muddled & marinated in olive oil and vinegar with salt & pepper)…  You know the onions are ready when they get brown from the balsamic vinegar/ oil mixture. I remember it best over fresh butter leaf lettuce from my Nonno’s kitchen garden with some freshly dug radishes but it’s good over anything and with any extra veggies you have around. This stuff is incredibly delicious & so easy!
Prep Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • olive oil NOT extra virgin. We use Filippo Berio Regular
  • balsamic vinegar just a few drops
  • salt and pepper lots of this!


  • Thinly slice the onion and drop into a salad bowl.
  • Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over the onions.
  • Drizzle a much smaller portion of balsamic vinegar over the mixture. (Just a few drops!)
  • Season with salt and pepper and muddle the onions in the mixture. A fork works, but a pestle is even better.
  • The onions are ready when they get brown form the balsmic vinegar/oil mixture. The secret here is letting the dressing sit. The longer it sits, the better it gets. Give it at least three minutes, but give it thirty minutes to an hour and you'll thank yourself.
  • Toss in lettuce and here's where it's a little different...KEEP tossing so the lettuce really soaks up the dressing. My Nonno would say "You gotta turrrrn it" at least thirty-two times. This can beat up the lettuce a bit but it's worth it. If you want the salad to look pretty for a party or plan to plate it for guests, you can serve the dressing on the side and tell your guests to "turrrrn it" themselves. I've done this in the past and everyone raves about this simple little dressing.
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3 months ago

The food is delicious but it seems the color of the image makes the dish less attractive.

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