Head to your local fall market for seasonal favorites like crunchy apples and sweet beets. Use a mandoline to thinly slice these veggies and arrange on a plate. Top with an easy vinaigrette for a beautiful side for your Thanksgiving meal.
½ C extra virgin olive oil
½ C sherry vinegar
½ C maple syrup
1 t fresh thyme, chopped
1 t fresh sage, chiffonade
1 t fresh rosemary, chopped
1 T shallot, minced
1 radish, thinly sliced (consider a watermelon radish)
1 beet, thinly sliced
1 apple, thinly sliced
1 turnip, thinly sliced
2 T leeks, thinly sliced
1 C dry wild rice
1 quart canola oil
To puff rice fill medium pot 1/3 full with oil. Heat on medium heat until oil reaches 425°. CAUTION oil will be hot! Add rice to oil, rice will instantly puff, remove rice quickly with strainer. Transfer to paper towel lined plate and season with salt. ( You can store any extra cooled rice in airtight container up to 1 week.)
To make vinaigrette, combine oil, vinegar, maple syrup, herbs, shallot in small bowl and whisk to combine.
To assemble salad, shingle thinly sliced vegetables and apple on plate. Distribute leeks over sliced veggies. Season with salt and pepper.
Ladle dressing over top of veggies.
Finish with a sprinkling of puffed rice and a handful of micro greens.