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Monday, July 6, 2009

Grilled Vegetables Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice has splendid qualities that would make any diet-conscious go wild about them.It out beats brown rice in protein and richness of minerals.See the comparative nutritional values here. The unusual conditions it grows "wild" in isolated lake and river bed areas mostly in Wisconsin and California and laboriously harvested in Canoes,makes this a rare and expensive grain.Wild rice was of immense important produce to Native Americans.
I was delighted to find a small box of this amazing grain in a natural food store,though I can't afford to buy it as often as brown or white rice,I'll reserve this for some very special dishes like this Salad with juicy grilled vegetables.It takes longer to cook this whole grain when compared to white rice,soaking for 15-20minutes can lessen the cooking time.Mix with other grains and relish them in soups,salads,Casseroles and Pilafs.

Serves 2
1/2 cup wild rice
1/2 cup brown rice

1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 small red\green pepper
1 medium Onion
use any other summer fresh vegetables like asparagus or corn
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of dry herbs,rosemary or thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon chilly powder

Salad Dressing
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dry herbs and spices mix
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups of fresh dark greens,chopped(I used Beet greens)

Cook the rice
Wash and soak the rice in cold water for 15 minutes.Cook in 2 cups of water,season with salt,until cooked through,35-40 minutes.Keep aside

Grill or Bake
If using bamboo skewers cut the peppers and onions to smaller size squares or cut in to strips otherwise.Combine all the marinade ingredients. Transfer all the vegetables in large bowl and toss them with the marinade. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Heat your grill or grill pan on medium high heat.
Either thread the vegetables on the bamboo skewers or simply place on heated grill about 6-8 minutes. or Bake in 400F oven for 15-20 minutes.

Prepare the dressing
Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in big salad bowl.Stir in cooked rice,grilled vegetables,combine well.Finally mix in the dark greens.Serve.

This wholesome grain salad is off to No Croutons Required :Grains over at Lisa's Blog.

Show me Your Breakfast.
Muffins ,home made granola ,pancakes or scones with fresh seasonal fruit along with Eggs and cuppa hot coffee or green tea is my usual breakfast.I'm glad to sharing this breakfast with Divya at Dil Se...

Whole grain Fruit Chocolate Muffins,Scrambled Organic eggs and Instant Coffee.And a ray of sunshine adds to the warmth.


Shri said...

Every time I visit your blog, I get to know something new.The salad looks so good.Will have to try it sometime:)

Lisa said...

Wonderful entry! I adore wild rice and often enjoy it in salad form. Thanks so much for participating again this month.

Shama Nagarajan said...


sangeeta said...

i just loved the ray of sunshine in your breakfast...
the wild rice salad looks gorgeous....the color is so very dark...the native wild rice available here is lighter in color....i recently brought some from Banaras and have not posted anything using UP that is eaten on some special fasting days.

Pooja said...

The wild rice salad looks so yummy! I love wild rice. That is a healthy breakfast!

Smitha said...

Wonderful salad. In that first pic, the rice looked like bullets :)

Varsha Vipins said...

I have seen wild rice in stores..never tried but that looks so damn healhty..!! n nice bf too Yasmeen..:)

Jen said...

Awesome!I love wild rice salad.

Priya said...

Delicious rice salad Yas!

Parita said...

Fantastic recipe, i havent heard wild rice before, sounds very healthy!

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a great dish...looks so appealing and I love ur breakfast.

Soma said...

Such a great close up shot! I love wild rice, could have all that plateful. give me grilled veggies anyway & i will love it.

great breakfast too.. lavish for me, who does not eat any breakfast.

Gita said...

I have used wild rice only in soups...this salad is a great idea...looks delicious Yasmeen. Must be filling too :) Love ur breakfast click too!

ayesha said...

Grilled veggies with wild rice is a brilliant idea.And Love the sunshine breakfast.

aquadaze said...

a very different salad, and I loved that ray of light in the breakfast pic

Sarah Naveen said...

Hey Yasmeen!! thanks for stopping by have got a wonderful space!!!!!
Nice and very different recipe!!!
Keep rocking!!!!

Sara said...

This looks so colorful! I don't cook with wild rice nearly enough.

5 Star Foodie said...

I love your picture of the wild rice grains! The salad sounds excellent with grilled veggies!

Vibaas said...

interesting recipe. you are talking me into getting experimental with my food :)

Sanghi said...

Yasmeen, you are a great innovator dear! whenever i come to ur site, find only new varieties whoich are healthier.! Cheers!!!:)

Ann said...

Havente tried with wild rice yet.Lemme.You are the inspiration dearie..Hey,btw,what a splendid salad there..Loved the variety and nutrition packed one..!!

burpandslurp said...

I love wild rice! But I gues you always have to cook it with regular rice, huh?


Salad sounds very nice and those wild rice are looking so nice!!

Organic said...

Everything about the salad and the break fast looks brimming with health.

Silly said...

Undeniably this is wildly healthy food.

Bergamot said...

looks good and healthy...never tasted wild rice but it surely looks tempting.

Sharmila said...

I have been making a lot of grilled veggies lately ... must incorporate it with rice once. Your breakfast looks delightful.:-)

Sam said...

Pass that breakfast platter please :p

Sid said...

Yum-o!I love the wild rice...great idea of serving with grilled veggies.

kanthi said...

Never heard about it.surely must be very tasty.

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