Summer Salad Redux

Innovative interpretations of the classic side dishes of summer!


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Quinoa and Avocado Salad
OK folks. Like I said this isn’t about me. This is not a salad that I would intuitively toss together. And yet, there is something interesting going on here to be sure. Sweet and lightly spicy, it’s not something I would pair with avocados, though i do love me some avocado. I think there should be perhaps more acid here, but as a side dish to, say Tandoori chicken or spicy grilled pork with Middle Eastern or North African flavors. 
There's a lots of spice and sweetness going on with this dish, which makes it challenging to pair with wine, though there is the obvious choice. You always reach for Gewurztraminer in these situations and while I don’t always agree in this case it’s a natural. Spicy, a little sweet, and with soft acids, it can be a fabulous pairing with this style of salad.
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