"I enjoyed this salad at a well-known restaurant and when they wouldn't divulge the recipe, I created my own. Although a bit time consuming, everything can be prepared at least a day ahead, covered and refrigerated. I took this salad to the 2011 AR Buckeye Bash and am posting for those who requested the recipe. This salad may be served cold or at room temperature." — bellepepper
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cooked wild rice
diced orange bell pepper
diced red bell pepper
frozen corn, thawed
diced red onion
white wine vinegar
minced fresh onion
ground white pepper
garlic powder, or to taste
salt to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste
chopped toasted pecans
toasted slivered almonds
chopped fresh parsley
I submitted this recipe and wanted to pass along some info and tips. You can cook the orzo a few days in advance. Just drizzle the cooked orzo with just enough vegetable oil to very lightly coat it, to keep it from sticking, cover and refrigerate. Or make it even farther ahead and freeze until needed. Likewise with the wild rice, cover and refrigerate or freeze – no tossing in oil is needed for the rice. The nuts can be toasted several days in advance; cool and store in an airtight container. Dried cranberries or raisins can easily be substituted for the currants. And leftovers are quite good, but the nuts will have lost some of their crunch. If you make this I hope you enjoy it.
I have been making this quite often since Bellepepper brought it to the Buckeye Bash a few years ago. It is one of my favorite "go-to" salads for a BBQ with company (it also travels well)! I have never changed anything except to use dried cranberries instead of currants. It is very easy to assemble if you heed Bellepepper's suggestion to cook the orzo and wild rice ahead of time (toss the cooked orzo lightly in veg. or olive oil), freeze, and toast the nuts a few days before. I assemble the day before entertaining but save the nuts and parsley to add just before serving. Serve this and I promise someone will ask you for the recipe! Thanks, BP, great recipe!
Fantabulous stuff! I love wild rice and orzo, and the dressing is da bomb! It's one of those dishes I just want to eat and eat and eat. I did have to make some subs, dried cranberries instead of currants (currants are yummy though), walnuts instead of pecans (it was still good), and red wine vinegar instead of white. That being said, the taste was just a little different using the red instead of white vinegar and it did color the rice and orzo darker. I'll have to buy white wine vinegar now. I did add a lot more wild rice than calls for, just my preference. The dressing is what makes this salad in my opinion. You can add in or take out from the salad part too, but the dressing is just ummmmmmmm. Thanks Belle!!
Good and different. I didn't use the wild rice the first time. It was too expensive for an experiment. It was good without it.
Love it. Suggest using 1 c wild rice. I actually used a grain blend called Soo Foo, which is a little peppery so I skipped the pepper. Used champagne vinegar because I had no white balsalmic. Very yummy!
Very interesting salad. We loved The blend if flavors and textures. However, it was much too sweet for our tastes. I'll definitely make again, but halve the sugar. I brought it to a party and got many compliments though. I just thought the sweet dressing along with the dried cranberries (couldn't find currants) was a little much. If you like your dressing on the sweet side, it may be a 5 star for you!
Bellepepper, this recipe is worthy of 5 stars. I am a major tweaker, but I made it exact, even the sugar amount was bang on! The currants add a nice subtle, sweet taste. Since currants are so tiny, I would follow the advice from linda2d-if subbing raisins or craisins, chop them first. The texture was fantastic, I would sprinkle the nuts on at the end if making in advance. Wild rice and orzo were 2 new ingredients added to my pantry, this is a very economical, fresh idea for a salad for future potlucks and family gatherings. Thanks for sharing.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Bellepepper's Orzo and Wild Rice Salad
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 138
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