Jennifer's Orzo and Wild Rice Salad
1/2 cup wild rice
2 cups water
1 cup orzo pasta
3 tablespoons chopped red onion
3 tablespoons dried currants
2 tablespoons corn kernels, drained
3 tablespoons diced yellow bell pepper
3 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
3 tablespoons diced green bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Bring the wild rice and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender but not mushy, 20 to 45 minutes depending on the variety of wild rice. Drain off any excess liquid, fluff the rice with a fork, and cook uncovered 5 minutes more. Once finished, spread into a shallow dish, and refrigerate until cold.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the orzo pasta, and cook until al dente, 7 to 8 minute. Drain, rinse with cold water, and chill.
Place the chilled rice and orzo into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the red onion, currants, corn, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper. Season with 2 tablespoons basil, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and 1 1/2 teaspoons basil. Slowly whisk in the canola and olive oils until emulsified. Stir the dressing into the pasta, and refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
Nutritional Information :
Amount Per Serving Calories: 566 Total Fat: 29.1g Cholesterol: <>
I promise you'll love this! "Taste and see that the Lord is good!" Our Sunday School Christmas party is tomorrow night, and I am hosting a party at the house on Monday, so I feel sure that I'll give it a try! Not sure about the currants though!! It reminds me of Peter Rabbit!
I will be sharing a simple Christmas gift that you can all make--promise!!--to share with a child, relative, or even a shut-in. Easy peasy! I'll post it on Tuesday, so be on the lookout! BTW, I have been catching up on some of your beautiful posts from this week. I am SO blessed by them!! You all are amazing! Enjoy your weekend, and stay warm--especially Yolanda!! It's -3 out there in Kansas!! Mercy!