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Crunchy Fruit and Wild Rice Salad

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A delicious and healthy side dish that is perfect for your spring and summer meals.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Sherry Vinegar (a Really Nice One, Otherwise It Can Be Bitter)
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Wild Rice, Rinsed Well
  • 1 can Low-sodium Chicken Broth (14 Oz. Can) Plus Enough Water To Equal 4 Cups Liquid
  • ¾ cups Chopped Celery
  • 3 whole Green Onions, Sliced (white And Green Parts)
  • ¾ cups Dried Cranberries
  • 1 whole Granny Smith Apple, Peeled And Chopped
  • ½ cups Sliced Almonds

Preparation

Whisk together olive oil, sherry vinegar, honey, Kosher salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

Bring rice, chicken broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover and turn down heat to a simmer. Cook rice for 45 minutes (if you want your rice a bit more tender, you can cook it another 5 minutes). Fluff the rice. Let sit for 5 minutes and then drain in a colander.

Carefully mix the sherry vinaigrette with the rice and all the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Taste for seasoning. I added a few pinches of sea salt and a few generous turns of fresh ground pepper.

Chill and let the flavors blend. It is best made ahead (either early in the day or the day before).

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meredithvalentine on 8.8.2010

I have made this 3 times in the past few weeks to rave comments. I did use white vinegar (didn’t have sherry vinegar) and whole, roasted and salted almonds. I did not add more salt. This also keeps very well – the leftovers went fast.

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anniam on 5.2.2010

I’ve tried this and it is TASTY!!

The sherry vinegar was indeed bitter when I first mixed up the salad, but it mellowed over time. I see myself keeping some in the fridge for a quick chicken or shrimp and . . . dinner, especially over the summer.

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mignon on 4.13.2010

Oh, I can’t wait to try this!

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meredithvalentine on 8.8.2010

Yum. A big hit at 2 parties.

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sundayrain on 6.3.2010

Deeelish! I love nutty rice mixed with chunky fruit and nuts.

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