This salad is perfect as a weeknight dinner or as a side for your next picnic or BBQ. I love a hearty rice salad but I also love the fresh and light zing from the citrus dressing. A healthy wonderful side dish or entree!


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Serves 4 as a main, 6 as a starter

You will need:



Salad:

1 cup wild rice, red or brown

4 cups vegetable stock


1 sprig mint

1 orange, just the rind

1 large head broccoli, cut
into florets

1⁄2 cup sultanas (golden raisins)



Dressing:

1 orange, zest and juice

6 spring onions, finely chopped


13cup olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

1⁄2 cup pecans, toasted


1 bunch mint, roughly chopped edible flowers, for garnish


  1. Rinse the rice in a sieve or colander under cold water.
  2. Place in a large saucepan and cover with the stock.
  3. Add the mint sprig and orange rind.
  4. Bring to a boil and cook according to packet instructions.
  5. About 5 minutes before the rice is cooked, pop the broccoli to the same pan of water.
  6. Steam for 5 minutes then drain, reserving 1⁄2 cup of the cooking liquid for the sultanas.
  7. In a bowl, mix together the orange juice and zest, spring onions, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  8. Toss the warm rice in the bowl with orange dressing. Mix together and let cool. The rice will soak up all the lovely flavors of the dressing.
  9. Mix the cooking liquid with the sultanas and leave for 5 minutes to soak.
  10. Toss together the cooled broccoli, rice, toasted pecans, and mint.
  11. Garnish with edible flowers and tuck in!

TIP:

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This salad is perfect as a weeknight dinner or as a side for your next picnic or BBQ. I love a heart rice salad but I also love the fresh and light zing from the citrus dressing. A healthy wonderful side dish or entree!
Photography by Toby Murphy

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