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A colorful and festive looking Wild Rice Salad with dried Cherries and Pecans. It is a great addition to the holiday buffet table or as a filling weeknight meal.


4 serving

Total time

80 minutes




  • 1 cup Wild Rice
  • 2 cups brown rice (Long grain (I used brown basmati))
  • 1 leek (Large , finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (, finely minced)
  • 1 carrot (Large , peeled and diced)
  • 1 turnip (Medium , peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp thyme (Fresh , chopped)
  • ½ cup cherries (Dried)
  • ⅔ cup Pecans (, toasted and chopped)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • to taste Salt Pepper (&)
  • 3 onions (, chopped)


  1. Cook Wild Rice: Thoroughly rinse and drain wild rice. Bring 4cups of water to a boil, add rice along with salt to taste. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until rice is tender. Drain the excess water, fluff the rice and keep aside.
  2. Cook Brown Rice: Combine rice and 3cups of water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer till all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 25~30 minutes.
  3. Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a large saute pan, add leeks, garlic and thyme. Cook for 3~4 minutes.
  4. Next add carrot, turnip, salt and pepper. Cover and cook till the veggies are tender, about 6~8 minutes.
  5. Add dried cherries, toasted pecans, wild rice and brown rice. Check and adjust the seasoning. Cover and cook for 3~4 minutes for the flavors to mingle. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Sprinkle the chopped green onions on top and serve warm or at room temperature.
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