This rice salad is a perfect accompaniment to many fall and winter dishes—roast chicken, stews, pork chops. You can use brown rice, wild rice (not really a rice at all), or a combination of the two.
Both wild rice and brown rice have a rich, nutty flavor that complements the cranberries and pecans, and the citrus in the dressing.
Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Pecans
Prep the ingredients and make the dressing while the rice is cooking.
- 1 cup brown rice wild rice mix
- 2 1/3 cups water (see package instructions)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (toasted or un-toasted, your choice)
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Make the rice:
Use the amount of water for the rice according to instructions on the rice package. Typically straight brown rice is a 1:2 ratio of rice to water. Straight wild rice is a ratio of 1:3 of wild rice to water. For this brown rice wild rice mix that I got from a bin (no package) I used a ratio of 1 cup of rice to 2 1/3 cups of water.
Bring rice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 50 minutes. Do not stir. Do not uncover.
Remove from stove and let sit, covered for 10 minutes.
Then uncover, fluff up with a fork, and let cool to almost room temperature.
Mix the rice with the dried cranberries, pecans, green onions:
In a medium sized serving bowl, mix the rice, cranberries, pecans, and green onions together.
Make the dressing:
In a separate jar, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, orange peel, and salt and pepper to taste.
Just before serving, mix dressing in with the rice mixture. Serve warm, chilled, or room temperature.