January 16, 2011

Sunday salad #2- wild rice salad

Wild rice is four species of grasses and the grain is harvested from them. The grain was historically gathered and eaten in both North America and China. The plants grow in shallow water in small lakes and slow-flowing streams, most times, only the flowering head of wild rice rises above the water. The grain is eaten by dabbling ducks and other aquatic wildlife, as well as humans. Being from Minnesota, wild rice was a staple, as it is grown there. I'm always looking for new recipes with this rice and this one turned out great. This is savory and sweet, the flavors complement each other quite well. If you've never tried it, this is a good starting recipe.
 1 c wild rice (cooked with salt and a bay leaf)
(or mix ¾ c wild and 1/4 c brown)
-cool rice
1 c chopped walnuts
¾ c craisins
½ c chopped Italian parsley
¼ c chopped scallions
 -toss with dressing:
 2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp brown mustard
1 clove minced garlic

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Tracy,
I love that we both made wild rice salad TODAY! Hope we always have those life moments when we are in sinc! Mine is very similar but with dried sour cherrys, toasted hazelnuts, and champagne orange vinagrette.