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Jason Rose

The Season’s Bounty in our New Dishes

I’m excited to unveil some fresh new dishes from our Deli Service case! Come by our Markets, talk to our cooks and try them out. We’d love to hear what you think.

RedRice2First, a new Red Rice Salad. I love red rice for its texture, taste and nutritional density. And during this time of year it feels fitting to pair it with Orach (or “purple passion” spinach). Orach has three times the vitamin A of normal spinach, as well as a beautiful minerality that makes it a perfect accompaniment to earthy red rice, crunchy toasted hazelnuts and sweet, jammy apricots. To top all of that off, I’ve chosen a bright winter citrus vinaigrette that nicely ties these flavors together.

 Red Rice Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts,  Apricots, Orach
and Winter Citrus Vinaigrette

Red rice, apricot, hazelnuts, celery, spring onion, parsley, orach, salt and pepper, extra virgin olive oil, rice grain oil, Meyer lemon, orange, honey, Champagne vinegar, Dijon
$11.99/lb

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Asparagus season is upon us, and the perfect way to ring it in is with grilled asparagus. As soon as I see asparagus in our Markets I begin to daydream about backyard barbecues, grilled fish, and one of my personal favorites from my childhood–asparagus and eggs. I’ve decided to compliment the sweetness of the asparagus with the more delicate flavors of grilled fennel and onions. But ultimately I chose to keep this dish simple because I really wanted the flavor of the asparagus to take center stage. Tossed with a honey Dijon and Meyer lemon vinaigrette, this dish is a perfect way to get you ready for spring.

Grilled Seasonal Asparagus with Charred Fennel, Onions
and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Asparagus, fennel, onions, rice bran oil, salt and pepper, extra virgin olive oil, Meyer lemon, orange, Dijon, honey, Champagne vinegar
$12.99/lb

CousCous2Chicken Curry Salad–some of my favorite words, all put together!  When I think of classic market dishes, chicken curry salad always comes to mind. It’s sweet, salty and satisfying, but our twist on this classic is a little different, retains many of the same flavor profiles and doing away with the mayonnaise. Freshly marinated and grilled chicken co-mingles with sweet currants, cilantro and crunchy almonds. We toss in healthy doses of crisp celery and savory green onions and toss it all with a sweet honey curry vinaigrette.

Curry Chicken Couscous Salad with Currants, Cilantro, Almonds
and Sweet Curry Vinaigrette

Israeli couscous, currants, green onion, cilantro, celery, chicken breast, almonds, Tandoori spice, curry powder, salt, lemon juice, honey, Champagne vinegar, turmeric, cumin, fennel, extra virgin olive oil, rice bran oil
$11.99/lb


Simon

Asparagus is Here!

asparagus At Bi-Rite we love to celebrate local, organic crops, and one of the most exciting vegetable crops of the late winter and early spring is asparagus. Around this time of year asparagus gets highlighted in lush bunches and fanciful dishes at markets and restaurants throughout the Bay Area, and the shelves at both Bi-Rite Markets are no exception.

Asparagus is a flowering perennial that can be a tricky crop to grow – once it starts producing, it needs to be harvested every day so that the stalks don’t get too long. One producer who gets it just right is Full Belly Farm of Yolo County, California. Because we work with Full Belly, we are able to offer our guests extra-fresh asparagus from the end of February through May, which makes this the ideal time to stop by and pick some up.

Why is extra-fresh asparagus so exciting to us? Asparagus is high in dietary fiber and is a good source of Vitamin B, K and C.  It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities which make it a great cancer-fighter.  And in addition to being one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat, asparagus can be prepared in many different ways. Try pairing it with other spring veggies like spring onion, peas and tarragon to make an amazing omelet. On its own, it’s perfect dressed with olive, grilled and topped with shaved Pecorino Romano.

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Beautiful asparagus and fresh Burrata proudly stand shoulder to shoulder at our Markets

But for a real treat for the palate, try pairing this excellent asparagus with the fresh Burrata available in our Cheese Department. This Italian cheese is a study in contrast in itself, combining the texture of solid mozzarella with a decadent, pleasing filling of cheesy cream. But when paired with asparagus, the combinations of flavor and texture are enthralling, and since the asparagus we have in right now has superior flavor and texture, the combo is all the better. You can find asparagus and Burrata placed conveniently side-by-side in the produce sections of both of our Market locations. Come by and let us show you how healthy, fun and gratifying this pairing can be!