This is a delightful warm salad that uses the best seasonal products and smells great when cooking. Because of its child-friendly ingredients, it's also something which the young ones - who might tend to turn-up their noses at the idea of 'salad' - can enjoy also.
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream or Greek yoghurt
¼ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons chopped mint
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons snipped chives
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
freshly ground pepper
½ kg thick-sliced bacon
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1.5kg onions, cut into 1-inch-thick slabs
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
4 large ripe peaches, cut into 2cm wedges
1. Preheat the oven to 180°.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the sour cream, buttermilk, mint, parsley, chives and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
3. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the bacon slices on the sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cayenne. Bake for about 25 minutes, until caramelised (the bacon will crisp as it cools). Let cool, then cut the bacon into bite-size pieces.
4. Meanwhile, light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until softened and browned, 10 minutes. Separate the onions into rings. Brush the peaches with olive oil and grill over moderately high heat until tender, 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
5. In a large bowl, toss the onions with the peaches and bacon. Add the buttermilk dressing and toss to coat. Serve right away.