If You're Bored With The Usual Brown Rice Sides, You'll Love Sinking Your Fork Into This Warm Wild Rice And Dried Fruit Salad. This Healthy Vegan Recipe Is A Perfect Side Dish For The Holidays But It Will Become A Vegan Side You Make Throughout The Year.

If you're bored with the usual brown rice sides, you'll love sinking your fork into this warm wild rice and dried fruit salad. Wild rice is a healthy alternative to refined grains and offers a tasty array of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber and protein. This yummy vegan recipe is perfect to serve at the holidays but will quickly become a side dish you make throughout the year.
If you're bored with the usual brown rice sides, you'll love sinking your fork into this warm wild rice and dried fruit salad. Wild rice is a healthy alternative to refined grains and offers a tasty array of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber and protein. This yummy vegan recipe is perfect to serve at the holidays but will quickly become a side dish you make throughout the year.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Dried Fruit and Nuts

Serves 6

Ingredients:


  • 1 cup wild rice

  • 2-1/2 cups water or vegetable broth

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

  • 1 cup dried cherries, diced apricots, or cranberries*

  • 1 cup dried currants*

  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Directions:

  1. Soak wild rice in a bowl of water overnight. Rinse and place rice in a medium-sized pot with water or broth.

  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add rice and toss to coat.

  4. Serve immediately or let cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days. If making ahead, reheat rice salad on the stovetop or bake at 350 degrees F. in a covered casserole dish for 20 minutes.


*Cook's note: For best results, soak dried fruit in hot water or warm juice for 15 minutes or more to rehydrate slightly and give the fruit a juicier, chewy texture.

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