As I am looking for inspiration for different types of salad to have for dinner and I have come across with wild rice. I did not try it before so I have decided do it now. And tadaaaa… salad is here. And I have to say, very delicious and easy dish.
And what is wild rice? Despite having the name “rice” in the title, wild rice is not that closely related to traditional “Asian” rice, which tends to be smaller, less nutrient-dense, and of a different colour. Wild rice actually describes four different species of grass (as well as the beneficial grain that can be harvested), three of which are native to North America, and one to Asia. The popularity of wild rice has increased in North America, but has diminished in many other parts of the world, simply due to accessibility. Wild rice has a chewy outer sheath that holds the nutrient-dense grain inside, and this type of rice grows on short stalks in shallow water, and are harvested by humans for general consumption, as well as various types of aquatic animals.
What do you need:
1 cup wild rice
200 g green beans
1 red onion
200 g mushrooms
handful of walnuts
2 handfuls of fresh chopped basil
Feta cheese and tomato (optional)
salt and pepper
4 spoons olive oil
1 tea spoon of white vinegar
1 table soon mustard
Start with boiling the rice. Put 1 cup of wild rice into the pot with approximately 2 cups of water (I needed a bit of more water than with “normal” rice) and bring it to boil. In the meantime, take a big pan and add 2 spoons of olive oil, chopped onion, mushrooms, green beans and walnuts. Fry it for a while and finalize with addition of salt and pepper according to your taste. At the end switch off the fire and do not fry anymore and add chopped basil leaves so the essences of basil will remain. In other cup, mix 2 spoons of olive oil, vinegar and mustard and mix it properly. When the mix in the pan is ready add mustard mixture into the pan and stir it.
Your salad is ready to serve – wild rice with fried vegetables on top. I added Feta cheese on top, as I love this cheese and cut tomato aside. The preparation is very quick. Hopefully, you are going to enjoy it as we did!
Vero & Canito