Festive Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberries
1 cup wild rice
½ cup brown basmati rice
¾ teaspoon salt
1 medium white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided (may substitute grapeseed oil)
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
3 stalks celery, diced
1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
1 large apple, peeled and diced
1 cup pecan halves
3 green onions, thinly sliced
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
Rinse the wild rice in cold running water. Place in a medium saucepan with 2 cups water and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Set aside to cool.
Rinse the brown rice in cold running water. Place in a small saucepan with 1 cup water and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for 25 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Set aside to cool.
In a large skillet, sauté the onions in 1 tablespoon (grapeseed or olive oil) until they become translucent. Add the garlic and sauté until the garlic becomes fragrant. Set aside to cool.
Toss the butternut squash cubes with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet( or foil lined). Roast for 20 – 25 minutes until they are cooked and golden. Set aside.
In a small skillet, toast the pecans over medium heat, until they become fragrant. Set aside.
Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl.
In a large salad bowl, gently toss together all of the salad ingredients. Just before serving, add the dressing and toss again. Serve immediately.
This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days. It will last longer, but the nuts will begin to soften.
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