Colorful apricots, scallions and pistachios make this vibrant dish worthy of any holiday table. Since wild rice (really a grass) does not absorb liquid to the extent that true rice and other grains do, cook it in boiling water and saute the vegetables separately so they stay tender-crisp.

Patsy Jamieson


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add wild rice, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook at a lively simmer until the grains are tender and starting to split, 45 to 55 minutes. Drain in a fine sieve.

  • Shortly before the wild rice is ready, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add bell pepper, garlic and cumin; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add apricots, orange juice, salt and pepper; simmer until the apricots have plumped and the liquid has reduced slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the wild rice. Remove from the heat and stir in scallion greens. Serve topped with chopped pistachios.

Nutrition Facts

216.2 calories; protein 6.8g 14% DV; carbohydrates 37.2g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 4.9g 20% DV; sugars 9.9g; fat 5.3g 8% DV; saturated fat 0.7g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 1328.5IU 27% DV; vitamin c 39.2mg 65% DV; folate 55.8mcg 14% DV; calcium 41.7mg 4% DV; iron 1.7mg 9% DV; magnesium 52.1mg 19% DV; potassium 465.8mg 13% DV; sodium 111.7mg 5% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV.

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Rating: 1 stars
This recipe calls for 7 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. It should read 2 cups of water unless you want the rice to cook for 2-3 hrs. and become mush. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Crunchy flavorful and easy I made this for a potluck dinner and it was very well received tasted delicious and looks elegant. I substituted chopped pecans for the pistachios but otherwise followed the recipe. Next time I would add some salt to the wild rice cooking water and probably add more dried apricots as I found their flavor barely noticeable. Pros: good at almost any temperature Cons: needs more salt Read More
Rating: 4 stars
As Delicious as it is Colorful I'll probably use less dried apricots next time as I found it a little too sweet but other than that this was a delicious dish. I loved the colors and I've yet to make a wild rice dish from this site that I haven't loved! Pros: Simple to make healthy bright Cons: A little too sweet Read More