Ways to Prepare Wild Rice
Basic Soak Method
Rinse 1 cup of rice in a strainer. Soak in 3 cups of water overnight (12 hours).
Drain rice. Into 3 cups of fresh water, add rice and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and
bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain rice. Rice can now
be used in any wild rice recipe.
Quick Soak Method
Rinse 1 cup of rice in a strainer. Bring 3 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of
salt to a boil, add rice, cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 50 - 60
minutes. Drain. Rice can now be used in any wild rice recipe. For chewier rice
reduce cooking time.
Wild Rice Salad
1 (6-ounce) box wild rice
1/2 C. long-grain white rice
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1/2 C. dried currants
1/2 C. dried cherries
1/2 C. toasted slivered almonds
1/2 t. salt
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. fig balsamic vinegar
Bring 2 3/4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the wild rice, cover
and simmer until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes or
until all of the water is absorbed. Fluff the rice and spoon it into a bowl.
While the wild rice is cooking, bring 1 cup of water to boil in a small
saucepan. Add the long-grain white rice, cover and cook until the rice is
tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff rice and lightly stir it into the cooked wild
Stir the celery, green onion, currants, cherries, almonds and salt into the
rice. Drizzle over the lemon juice and balsamic vinegar and toss until
everything is evenly coated. Cover and chill 1 hour to develop the flavors.
Spoon it onto a bed of watercress to serve.