Recipe Pairing #1: Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts
Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts
Recommended Pairing: Chandelle
Grape: Chardonnay Un-oaked
1 cup wild rice, rinsed
1/4 cup raw pecan halves
1/4 cup whole raw cashews
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 small red onion
Several small inner stalks of celery, with leaves
3 green onions
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. of your favorite vinegar, I used fig
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. honey
Salt and pepper to taste
- This first soaking step is optional, but will help keep your wild rice from splitting as much, which I think makes a prettier salad. If you have the time, soak the rice in plenty of water for 8 hours. Then drain and continue.
- Bring a quart of water and a teaspoon of salt to boil in a saucepan and add the rice. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and cook for about 30-40 minutes, or just until the rice is tender. Wild rice will always have a little bite to it; so don’t try to cook it until completely soft.
- While the rice is cooking, put the pecans and cashews in a large skillet and toast, over medium heat, until you smell them and they start to turn slightly brown. Take them off the heat and let them cool before giving them a rough chop.
- Drain the rice and put in a bowl.
- Toss the warm rice with the rest of the ingredients.
- Whisk together the dressing in a small jar. If you put the top on and shake it vigorously, it should emulsify. Taste it to adjust the amount of vinegar or seasonings. Toss the salad with half of the dressing, and then refrigerate until completely chilled.
When ready to serve, add more dressing and toss well. Yield: serves 6-8