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Monday, January 24, 2011

1970's Wild Rice Salad

Haven't made this in years, don't know why, it is fabulous. The perfect salad to eat year round. Great for buffets, church suppers, cookouts, holiday meals, anytime.

1970's Wild Rice Salad
4-6 servings
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1 cup long-rain wild rice (6-ounces)
Kosher salt
2 navel oranges
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
1/2 cup seedless green grapes, cut in half
1/2 cup pecans, toasted
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons scallions, white and green parts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place the wild rice in a medium pot with 4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 50-60 minutes, until the rice is very tender. Drain well and place the rice back in the pot. Cover and allow to steam for 10 minutes.

While the rice is still warm, place it in a mixing bowl. Peel the oranges with a sharp knife, removing all the white pith. Cut between the membranes and add the orange sections to the bowl of rice. Add the olive oil, range juice, raspberry vinegar,, grapes, pecans, cranberries, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper. Allow to sit for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Taste for seasonings and serve at room temperature.


  1. The fruit in this makes is sound so good!

  2. This sounds wonderful. I never heard of it before, but I know I would love it. There was a restaurant on the beach where we went for fresh seafood a couple of years ago. But the thing I liked best was the tropical rice side dish. I think it had raisins, green onions and fruit juice in it. We went back twice, but I have never been able to duplicate it.

  3. I love cranberries and grapes in salads!...:)JP

  4. Yummy, Bev! I bet it's good for you too!

  5. Sounds so good and fresh! I like the mix of fruit with rice and scallions--yummy.


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