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WILD RICE SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES AND MAPLE DRESSING


WILD RICE SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES IN A PINK BOWL, GREEN DISH AND CLOTH, WHITE BACKGROUND


It finally looks like spring is timidly starting to pop up... I'm so ready to start creating and sharing new fresh recipes with vibrant and cheerful colors. It is such a beautiful season, markets are full of colour, flowers start to bloom and there's more people smiling... 
It is an exciting period wherein we come out of the winter "shell" and its introspection to get outside and breathe, walk, cherish every ray of sun and enjoy longer days...

Even though I love wintery weather for cooking slow and cozy food, I find this season very special with all its colour and the variety it brings. I love to reflect that in my recipes and compositions. 
For this reason I wanted to launch the spring season with an easy peasy yet delicious recipe using seasonal strawberries and including wild rice and maple syrup that are so typical from my native country (Canada). 

WILD RICE SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES IN A PINK BOWL, GREEN DISH AND CLOTH, WHITE BACKGROUND


I would like to tell you a bit about wild rice and its peculiarities. It is also called Indian rice, water oats or zizania and is originally from North America, specially western Canada where it is mostly produced in the Manitoba and Saskatchewan provinces. 

While it is commonly called rice it actually belongs to a different species called zizania palustris, a type of aquatic grass that has a long dark grain. Their plants can measure up to three meters and can only grow in humid marshland areas or covered with water.It has been extensively used as sustenance since the Canadian natives, Sioux and Algonquian tribes used to call it Manomin. The collection was made from their kayaks by shaking the plants to dislodge the grains.
It is a grain with a great nutritional value, a great source of protein with a high amount of fiber. The flavour reminds a bit of a hazelnut and is a perfect side dish or very good taken cold in a salad

STRAWBERRIES IN WHITE MARBLE BOARD

WILD RICE IN WHITE MARBLE BOARD

    
Another fact is that wild rice has a different cooking time comparing with the rest of rices. It normally needs to be cooked for around 45 minutes. The grain has to be soft but still keep a little bit of crunchiness.

That said, here we go with this wild rice and strawberry salad with a nice sweet dressing made with maple syrup.

WILD RICE SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES IN A PINK BOWL, GREEN DISH AND CLOTH, WHITE BACKGROUND

WILD RICE SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES AND MAPLE DRESSING

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 gr. wild rice
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 L water
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 strawberries
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 handful of roasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • Broccoli green sprouts (optional)
  • Hibiscus and sage salt flakes (optional)

For the dressing

  • 5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Ground pink pepper
WILD RICE SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES IN A PINK BOWL, GREEN DISH AND CLOTH, WHITE BACKGROUND


ELABORATION

  1. First we cook the rice in 1 litre of water, salt and oil for about 45 minutes. 
  2. Once cooked, allow to cool.
  3. Meantime we prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients and adding pepper to taste. 
  4. Cut the strawberries and spinach in to small pieces and chop the hazelnuts.
  5. Place in a large bowl the rice and the rest of ingredients, pour the dressing and mix all well.
  6. Serve with some sprouts and salt flakes and enjoy!


WILD RICE SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES IN A PINK BOWL, GREEN DISH AND CLOTH, WHITE BACKGROUND

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