Grilled Vegetable Towers with Wilted Greens and Prosciutto Pine Nut Vinaigrette
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This recipe was tested on my Viking indoor grill, so it must be made two servings at a time. If you are serving more guests, head outside to grill the vegetables or prepare them in batches, layering your towers and keeping them warm in a 200 degree oven.
Turn grill to high and preheat for 5 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup olive oil with coarse salt and 12 to 15 grindings of black pepper on a dinner plate or shallow bowl. Dip both sides of vegetables in olive oil mixture as you place on the grill. Reduce grill setting to medium high and grill vegetables 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove vegetables from grill as they are done.
While vegetables are grilling, combine prosciutto, green onion and pine nuts with remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil in a small skillet. Saute until pine nuts are toasted and the onions are wilted. Stir in sherry vinegar, and season with salt, black pepper and a pinch of sugar. Set aside.