California Wild Rice, Arugula, Grapefruit
and Toasted Pecans

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Refreshing Arugula salad accented with California Wild Rice, grapefruit and pecans

~Created by Executive Chef Craig von Foerster~
Sierra Mar at Post Ranch
Big Sur, California

Makes 6 servings

  • 1 cup California Wild Rice
  • 8 cups Water or stock
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon Canola or rice bran oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Grapefruit juice reduced to 1/4 cup
  • 1 Tablespoon White wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Diced shallots
  • ½ cup Canola oil or rice bran oil
  • ¼ tsp. Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Bag baby arugula
  • 3 Large grapefruit
Cooking Instructions:

Place the water, wild rice and salt in a medium pot and bring to a simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the wild rice starts to split open and soften. (Do not cook until completely open).
Strain off the excess water, place in a bowl and cover with cling film to cool.
Slowly reduce the grapefruit juice to 1/4 cup over a low flame.
Transfer to a small mixing bowl and add the vinegar, salt and shallot, let steep for 15 minutes.
Add the canola oil in a slow steady stream while whisking constantly to emulsify.
Add the pepper.
Wash the arugula in cold water, gently swishing to loosen any grit, let set for 5 minutes to allow any dirt to settle to the bottom and gently lift the arugula from the top and dry in a salad spinner. Set aside.
Toss the pecans with the canola oil and salt, spread out on a parchment paper lined sheet pan and bake in a 350-degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant.
Peel the grapefruit and remove each segment by cutting to the center on either side of the membrane to release the segments or supremes.
Toss the wild rice, grapefruit and pecans with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette.
Arugula bruises very easily so gently toss the arugula in another bowl with the remaining vinaigrette.
Gently mix the contents of the 2 bowls together and divide amongst 6 chilled plates.

Nutrition facts per serving: Calories 487; Calories from Fat 33g; Cholesterol 0mg; Protein 9g; Carbohydrates 45g; Fiber 6g; Iron 2mg; Sodium 1244mg; Calcium 106mg; Vitamin A 2496 IU; Vitamin C 106mg.

This recipe was developed for the California Wild Rice Advisory Board by Executive Chef Craig von Foerster, Sierra Mar at Post Ranch, Big Sur, California
Compliments of California Wild Rice Advisory Board
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