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Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards

22645 Garrod Road

Saratoga, CA  95070



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22645 Garrod Rd
Saratoga, CA, 95070

(408) 867-7116

Enjoy wines where the grapes are grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Saratoga and overlooking San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley.


Forbidden Rice and Quinoa Salad

Bill Cooper

Serves 4.

  • 1⁄4 c. black rice

  • 1⁄2 c. red quinoa

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

  • 3⁄4 c. finely chopped onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds

  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. lemon juice

  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley

  • 1 Tbsp. chopped chives

  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks

  • 2 c. cubed, cooked chicken

Bring rice and 1⁄2 c. water to boil in small saucepan; reduce to simmer, cover, cook about 16 minutes for water to absorb. In medium saucepan, bring quinoa, bay leaf, salt, and 1 c. water to boil; reduce to simmer, cover, cook about 15 minutes until tender. Drain; return to hot pan. Cover and let sit 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf, fluff with fork, put in large bowl. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in skillet; add onion, cook until soft, stirring some. Add garlic and cumin; cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Add to quinoa. Add rice and mix. Stir in 1 Tbsp. olive oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs. Salt and pepper to taste. Add avocado and chicken.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Syrah