How to Make the Ultimate Umami-Bomb Vegetarian Demi-Glace
1/4 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 large shallot, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons grapeseed or other mild oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 pound haricots verts or thin green beans
1/2 pound mesclun
1/2 Hass avocado, thinly sliced
1/2 mango, peeled and thinly sliced
1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
In a blender, combine the onion with the vinegar, shallot, soy sauce and ginger and puree. Add the oil and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, add the cilantro and season with salt and pepper.
Cook the haricots verts in boiling salted water until barely tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
In a large bowl, toss the mesclun with the avocado, mango, bell pepper, cucumber, haricots verts and the dressing. Mound the salad on plates and serve.