Wild Rice… More Than Just Soup
When I was asked to write a blog post about wild rice, I thought it would be wonderful to share the Wild Rice Soup recipe that we often use over Labor Day weekend when we close up the cabin for the season. However, as I was preparing my shopping list, my ever-wise husband asked, “No one has ever blogged about Wild Rice Soup before? ” I rolled my eyes, then searched our blog and realized he’s right. In order to try something new and different I decided it was time to branch out and experiment with some new recipes that use wild rice. Here are two new and creative recipes that are keepers, just like my hubby.
Wild Rice Celebration Salad
This first recipe is a salad with a delicious blend of sweetness and it makes a super healthy snack or side dish for any occasion you can possibly imagine. Try mixing up the tastes with different variations of Greek Yogurt for a totally new flavor creation. You can even add different fruits to fit your taste buds for that day! This Wild Rice Celebration Salad looked similar to a fruit parfait, which is one of my favorite mid afternoon snacks at the office. I simply throw it in a mason jar or plastic container and haul it to the office. Just make sure you label this Wild Rice Celebration Salad in the office fridge with your name- Everyone will want to try this creation!
- In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, honey and vanilla.
- Add remaining ingredients and toss.
Wild Rice Salad Poppers
Talk about a simple variation on a Wild Rice Recipe! I was amazed at how easy these Salad Poppers were- Plus they turned out so cute! Tomatoes lovers everywhere have to try this recipe. You can thank me later!
- In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix dressing ingredients.
- Add in rice, chicken, celery, bell pepper and onions and stir gently.
- Remove stems from tomatoes, then turn tomatoes upside down, to help them keep their balance.
- With the tomatoes upside down, cut thin slices from the end of the tomatoes that are facing up. Using a spoon, hollow out the inside, leaving a ¼-inch shell. Drain tomatoes upside down on a napkin for 2-3 minutes.
- Just before serving, spoon salad into tomato shells.
I brought these salads into the office to take pictures and caught the attention of many of my colleagues. We sampled and enjoyed these fresh and tasty wild rice salads. I don’t regret giving up on the soup idea in the least. It’s not quite cold enough outside for soups yet anyway!