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Bright Wild Rice Salad

Bright Wild Rice Salad

This uplifting dish is easy to make and incredibly versatile, with the shift of a few ingredients it can go from side dish to main meal in a heartbeat. We love this bright wild rice salad for its wholesome combination of tangy, fresh flavors—it’ll bring your table to life!

Freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon thyme give this salad a bright tangy taste. Serve it at room temperature for the best flavor. If you can’t find lemon thyme, use the more common variety of thyme. This salad makes a terrific side dish, but with the addition of some nice cooked beans or feta cheese, makes a lovely main meal as well.

cup wild rice, rinsed
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup corn kernels
cup chopped scallions
2 large plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
cup finely chopped parsley
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh lemon thyme or common thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Combine the rice, water and bay leaf in a small pot set over medium high heat; cover and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 35 minutes, or until rice is tender.

2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool. Remove the bay leaf. Stir in the lemon juice, olive oil, corn, scallions, tomatoes, parsley, lemon thyme and salt, if using.

3. Mix well and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Season with black pepper.

Read more: Food, All recipes, Entrees, Side Dishes, Soups & Salads

Adapted from The Golden Door Cooks Light and Easy by Michel Stroot (Gibbs Smith, 2003).

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12:37PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Thank you

6:01AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

Love this recipe. Thanks.

3:22PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

wild rice! watch out it dosen't maul you! wild rice is one of the best things and best to explain wild dosen't mean "will attack you", unless it has fungus posioning on it.
how do you get so much wild rice if we start farming it?

we ranch deer, and those aren't domesticated so I guess it is easy

5:53AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:03PM PDT on Oct 16, 2010

Yummy ~ looks like I'll be trying this one! Thank you!

2:47AM PDT on May 1, 2010

Mmm, lovely...

1:15AM PDT on Mar 17, 2010


11:10PM PST on Dec 21, 2009

The ingredients for this salad are almost exactly the ones I used to make a wild rice cranberry dressing for Thanksgiving. Epicurus was the source this year, and a very similar recipe came from another source (I couldn't find again!) was made for Thanksgiving last year.

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