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A Basmati and Wild Rice Salad to Lift Your Winter Palate


Greetings from my Winter Kitchen, Everyone!

Today I’m writing to help lift your palate up and away from heavy winter recipes.

I start to look forward to each season long before I really should, but it can’t be helped—it’s the curse of being a chef!  Just when I think I couldn’t possibly make another batch of mashed potatoes I look at the calendar and realize….it’s still winter.  So, I often make recipes that help me get past the seasonal blahs. I rely on my pantry, too, because I’ve always got yummy, interesting things in there- like wild rice, and dried fruit!

Which brings me to my newest salad recipe- a “Basmati and Wild Rice Salad”. This salad, for one, is a great way to get past the monotony of winter at a time when the fruits of spring and summer aren’t quite here yet.  This recipe really looks like a winter salad, lots of earthy brown colors, but its surprisingly fruity taste has been a hit with everyone I’ve served it to.

All of the ingredients can be found on a year-round basis, too.  Versatility is another plus with a recipe like this, since it goes so nicely with pork and poultry.  Try it for a luncheon or as a bit of substance at a cocktail party like I do.  It shows nicely with both our Chardonnay and our Sauvignon Blanc.

Here’s the link for my recipe:

And, so you can be sure to enjoy a beautiful wine pairing, here are links for our Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc:

Enjoy and be healthy! Bon Appetit!

Kristine Schug, Winery Chef