There are times I go into developing recipes where I expect failure. I expect that certain flavors won’t work well together or textures won’t be appealing. The reason I still try? This wild rice salad is a perfect example. The salad has some strong flavors that in theory, I thought would work well together. The resulting salad was better than even I expected. The earthiness from the beets and wild rice are brought together nicely with the pistachios. However, it’s really the lemon and salt that meld everything.
In terms of the wild rice, I have soft spot for this grain. It’s one of the few items that can be easily traced back in the history of the United States. It’s a upper midwestern staple that is also produced in California. Just be prepared, it’s not like white/brown rice. The flavor is is more pronounced which is why I love it in this salad. Read more and see the recipe.