Wild Rice Salad Recipe
Wild rice has a rich, robust flavor and is often used in stuffing, soups and salads. Actually an aquatic grass seed, rather than a grain, it is native to the North American continent. Wild rice is high in protein, B vitamins, and minerals. This dish adds color to a festive meal.
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Place in a pot on the stove:
1 cup wild rice, rinsed
4 cups fresh water
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, about 1 hour. Drain water, and set rice aside.
Meanwhile sauté in a pan for 10 minutes:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 zucchini, cut into quarter rounds
1 red bell pepper, minced (about 1 cup)
Mix in a bowl:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dried red chili pepper
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Place cooked wild rice in a large bowl, and add to it the sautéed vegetables and the dressing.
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
Soaking the rice for 4-8 hours will reduce cooking time to 30 minutes.
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