I love the flavor of wild rice. It's nutty and soft and delicious. In India we use rice mostly as an accompaniment to curries and vegetables. But for a rice that's as flavorsome as wild rice, it needs to shine on its own.
Here's a simple recipe for a wild rice salad, the inspiration taken from many recipes around the blogosphere.
Wild Rice Salad
2 cups wild rice, cooked
3/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 cup peas, cooked
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp English mustard (English mustard has more zing than regular mustard. If you don't have English, just use regular mustard)
1 tsp Green onion, chopped
Cook the rice. While the rice is still warm after cooking, add the dried cranberries so they plump up. Keep aside.
Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl.
Mix the salad ingredients in another bowl.
Combine the salad and dressing ingredients just before serving.
Obviously this recipe is very forgiving. Go ahead and substitute the nuts or use raisins or other dried fruit instead of cranberries. Skip the peas altogether if you don't like them.
Go ahead and give it a shot. I made this for a light summer lunch and it was very well appreciated. Enjoy!