Wild About Rice Salad

Note: If you are planning a holiday picnic or going to a potluck BBQ, this may be a good side dish to take along.

Wild About Rice Salad

Utensils: Cutting board & knife, pot for rice, sauté pan for veggies
Prep Time: About 10 minutes
*Cooking time: About 50 min. (Depends on your brand of rice)
Category: Vegan, Gluten free

Ingredients
1 cup Lundberg Wild Blend*
2 cups water or veggie broth
one cup edamame beans (or snow peas/snap peas, English peas)
2 minced scallions (or one leek)
1 minced garlic clove
1-2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1/2 c. chopped mushrooms
1 teaspoon tamari (wheat free soy sauce)
olive oil or macadamia nut oil
basil leaves for garnish (optional)

Directions

1. If using frozen edamame beans, remove from freezer and allow to start thawing.
*2. Cook rice according to package directions. The Lundberg rice blend I chose takes 50 minutes, because wild rice takes longer than regular rice. (+Note: Actually, wild rice is a grass. See Wikipedia info below.)
3. While rice is cooking, sauté scallions (or leek),garlic and mushrooms in a separate pan with a little oil or veggie broth. Cook until veggies are tender, maybe 5 minutes.
4. When rice is almost done, add edamame beans and replace cover. (If you forgot to thaw the beans, just cook them for 5 minutes in a small pot of water and drain.)
5. Combine beans and veggies with rice. Add minced parsley. Stir in about one tablespoon oil and tamari to taste and serve immediately, or chill and serve cold.   I garnished my dish with fresh basil leaves from my patio garden.   Yield: 4 cups

(Note: Lundberg rice directions suggest letting the rice stand for 10 minutes after cooking, still covered. Add the veggies after this 10 minutes.)

 

*Lundberg Wild Blend is the rice I used. It contains long grain brown rice, sweet brown rice, wild rice, whole grain Wehani rice, whole grain Black Japonica rice. Wild rice by itself is very pricey and I thought this blend would appeal more to those who are budget-conscious.

Because this is a different kind of rice from what I normally use, I thought I would provide some of the info on the package. This could actually be posted in my Review category with the recipe, but I thought it fit better under Kitchen Nutrition, since I am featuring the recipe more than the rice. You could actually combine your own brand of regular rice and purchase a small package of wild rice.

This info is directly from the package:

“Lundberg Family Farms proudly presents Wild Blend (Trademarked), an aromatic colorful blend of several varieties of brown rice. This delicious, healthful whole grain is grown in California’s fertile Sacramento Valley. Since 1937, Lundberg Family Farms has used eco-positive farming methods that improve the soil while protecting the air, water and wildlife. We care for our rice from planting to packaging to ensure you always receive the highest quality rice.”

The package does not say organic, so I emailed for more information on organically grown rice. Waiting for a reply.

+From Wikipedia: Wild rice (also called Canada rice, Indian rice, and water oats) is four species of grasses forming the genus Zizania, and the grain which can be harvested from them.

16 thoughts on “Wild About Rice Salad

  1. ellen sue:

    Sounds delicious! I love anything with edamame beans and always order them at the Japanese Restaurant.

    Sorry you can’t attend the brunch – but have a great day with your grandson.

    Regards,
    Bernice

  2. Thanx for the feedback. Sorry about the luncheon, but it will be a big success, I know.
    P.S. I tried this with brown rice & wild rice, but like the Lundberg blend better.

  3. When I copy info from my email, themessage sometimes bleeds into margins. Word Press doesn’t allow me to make changes to that format. Sorry, ellensue

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