Grilled Vegetables with Provençal Vinaigrette
- SERVINGS: 4
Craig Shelton chooses the vegetables for his salad based on what looks best at the market. He prepares his dressing with Banyuls vinegar, made from the sweet fortified French red wine, but you can use sherry vinegar instead.
- 2 artichokes
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
- 1 large fennel bulb—halved, cored and cut lengthwise into 12 wedges
- 1 large ripe tomato, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 2 Portobello mushrooms, stemmed, caps halved
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon vinegar, preferably Banyuls or sherry
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Using a sharp knife, trim the artichoke stems to 1 inch and cut off 1 inch from the tops. Using kitchen scissors, trim 1/2 inch from the outer leaves. Cut the artichokes in half and scoop out the spiky leaves and hairy chokes. Steam the artichokes, cut side down, over boiling water until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool, then pat dry with paper towels.
- Light a grill, heat a grill pan or preheat the broiler. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the oil with the herbes de Provence and brush it on the artichokes, fennel, tomato, zucchini and Portobellos. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and pepper and grill or broil, turning, until tender and lightly charred, about 2 minutes for the tomato, about 8 minutes for the artichokes, about 16 minutes for the fennel and about 25 minutes for the zucchini and mushrooms. Transfer the vegetables to a platter, cover with foil and keep warm.
- In a bowl, combine the vinegar with the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the vegetables with the dressing and serve warm or at room temperature.
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