Whole grain rice makes a delicious side dish that is full of flavor and fiber. This version is tossed with dried fruit and nuts and then dressed in a slightly sweet dressing. Feel free to use a wild rice mix that includes brown rice or other varieties. Other grains, such as quinoa or wheat berries, can also be substituted for the rice in this salad.
Yield: 6 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration time: 30 minutes
1 cup dry wild rice or wild rice mix, cooked per package directions
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup chopped unsweetened dried apricots
¼ cup chopped unsalted, toasted pecans
2 green onions, sliced
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp pure maple syrup
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Combine the cooled, cooked rice, cranberries, apricots, pecans, and green onions in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the rice. Toss to coat and mix all ingredients.
Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition information for 1/6 recipe: Calories 183; Total Fat 5.7 g; Saturated Fat 0.5 g; Trans Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 98 mg; Carbohydrate 33.5 g; Fiber 3.3 g; Sugar 5 g; Protein 3.2 g