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Wine Country Breakfast Salad

Welcome to my Wild Wing Collective kitchen, where we celebrate the beauty of local ingredients and the farm-to-table lifestyle! Today, I have a delightful brunch recipe that highlights the flavors of the region and incorporates an exciting ingredient: Wild Wing Collective's fire cider. This unique concoction adds a tangy and spicy kick to your brunch experience. So, let's get started on our delicious Farm-to-Table Fire Cider Brunch!

Ingredients:

For the Fire Cider Dressing:

- 1/4 cup Wild Wing Collective's fire cider

- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- 1 tablespoon honey (preferably local)

- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Brunch Salad:

- 4 cups mixed baby greens (locally sourced, if possible)

- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

- 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced

- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

-1/4 c dried cherries

-1 cup roasted chopped broccoli

-1 cup rainbow beets julienned and lightly pickled

-1/4 cup candied pecans, almonds or nut of choice

-1/2 cup cooked grain of choice (rice, quinoa, farro etc)

- 1 ripe avocado, sliced

- 4-6 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled

- 4-6 poached eggs, grilled salmon, or protein of choice (optional)

- Fresh herbs for garnish (e.g., basil, cilantro, or parsley)

Instructions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the fire cider, olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Set the fire cider dressing aside to let the flavors meld while you prepare the rest of the brunch salad.

2. In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed baby greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, red onion, and avocado. Toss gently to mix the ingredients and distribute them evenly.

3. If you'd like to add a protein element to your brunch salad, this is the perfect opportunity to poach a few eggs. Bring a pot of water to a gentle simmer and carefully slide the eggs into the water one by one. Allow them to cook for about 3-4 minutes until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and set them aside.

4. Drizzle the fire cider dressing over the salad, reserving a small amount for garnishing. Toss the salad gently to coat the ingredients with the dressing.

5. If you're adding bacon to your brunch salad, sprinkle the crispy crumbled bacon over the dressed salad. Top with the poached eggs and/or salmon.

6. Finish off your Farm-to-Table Fire Cider Brunch with a sprinkle of fresh herbs for a burst of color and added flavor. Drizzle a little extra fire cider dressing over the top to enhance the tangy-spicy kick.

This vibrant and wholesome brunch salad celebrates the flavors of Sonoma County while incorporating the unique touch of Wild Wing Collective's fire cider. Each bite will awaken your taste buds with the freshness of locally sourced ingredients and the zing of the fire cider dressing. Whether enjoyed on a lazy Sunday morning or as a light lunch, this dish is sure to impress and leave you feeling nourished.

Remember, in true Sonoma County fashion, always try to source your ingredients from local farms and producers whenever possible. By doing so, you'll not only support the community but also enhance the flavors of your dishes with the freshest ingredients available. Cheers to a delicious and farm-to-table brunch experience with a Sonoma County twist!

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