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Spinach Salad with Grilled Red Onion Rings and Sesame Vinaigrette

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
The lutein from the spinach and the flavonols from the onion bolster the nutrition of this side dish. This versatile salad pairs well with grilled fish, chicken, or pork.

Ingredients

  • 1 large red onion, cut crosswise into 12 (1/4-inch-thick) rings (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 10 cup baby spinach leaves (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 56
  • caloriesfromfat 35 %
  • fat 2.2 g
  • satfat 0.3 g
  • monofat 0.9 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 1.7 g
  • carbohydrate 8.1 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 176 mg
  • calcium 53 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prepare grill.

  2. Combine onion and 1/2 teaspoon oil, tossing to coat. Arrange onion on a grill rack; grill 9 minutes or until browned and tender, turning frequently.

  3. Combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, juice, soy sauce, and honey in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

  4. Place spinach in a large bowl; sprinkle with pepper and salt. Add onions. Drizzle oil mixture over spinach, tossing gently to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.