Thursday, August 22, 2013

Recipe of the Week: Maui Onion Dressing

In case you missed it last week, we head over to Maui in 9 days!!!!

One of my favorite places to visit is Kula or "Up Country" and this year we are taking a farm tour.  I am looking forward to spending the day there.

Kula, is a district in Maui that stretches across the west facing slopes of Haleakala from Makawao to Ulupalakua  Most of this area lies between about 1,800 to 3,700 ft in elevation.  It's typically where full-time residents prefer to live, away from the tourist oriented towns near sea level.

  Stacy in "Up Country" 2008

The word Kula means "open meadow" in Hawaiian and is generally a zone of arid earth with open country slopes.

Communities along old lower Kula Road have a unique history of ethnic settlement.  In the late 19th century, Portuguese and Chinese immigrants, who fulfilled labor contracts with sugarcane plantations moved into the area.  Later, Japanese farmers moved into this area for its fertile earth.

The farming tradition continues today, with lettuce, jicama, cabbage and most famously, tomatoes and onions are grown for consumption.

Maui onions are sweet and are a smaller version of Washington State's Walla Walla onion.  Seriously, I think I could eat them like an apple, but since I can't smuggle them back in my suitcase, I'll have to use Walla Walla's for this recipe.


Maui Onion Dressing


Makes 8 servings


1/4 Cup plus; 2 Tablespoons Chopped Maui or Sweet Onion
1 Garlic Clove
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Dry Mustard
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil 
Salt and Pepper, to taste


Combine the onion and garlic in food processor.  Blend until smooth, then add sugar, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar and mayonnaise; puree until blended.  Set to lower speed and pour in the oil in a thin stream.  Season with salt and pepper then chill.  Serve with fresh salad greens.

Recipe courtesy of All Recipes
Pictures from my library and some from Google