Recipe of the Week: Wild Rice & Orange Salad

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I often make this rice salad for parties as it is always a hit and I never have to throw any away. The candied pecans and mandarin oranges lend some sweetness making it more appealing to the 18 and under crowd. It is a nice change from the same-o same-o green salad. I hope you like it.

Wild Rice & Orange Salad
Ingredients:
* 1 cup wild rice mix, cooked
* 1 cup brown rice (use instant brown rice to save some steps)
* 1/2 cup candied pecans
* 2 cans (11 oz.) mandarin oranges
* 1/2 cup red onion, minced (optional)
* 3 green onions, chopped (optional)
* 1/2 cup parsley, minced
* 1-2 tsp. fresh mint, minced

Dressing:
* 1/3 cup orange juice
* 2 Tbl. olive oil
* 1/2 tsp salt
* Fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions: In a large bowl combine rice and salad ingredients. Toss with dressing. Sprinkle pecans over top just before serving.

If you don't have time to make the dressing any citrus vinaigrette will do. When I make this salad I use the frozen brown rice from Trader Joe's and mix it with a package of already cooked wild rice that also come from Trader Joe's. Makes it so easy. If you don't want to

I slightly modified this recipe originally concocted by my dear friend and colleague Dona Richwine, MS RD. Thank you Dona for your creativity.

Have a fruit and veggie filled day!

(photo courtesy of sonictk)
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Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.

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