Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cherries


This wild rice side dish is bursting with flavor, thanks to cherries, garlic, and ginger.


  • 2 cups wild rice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 piece (4 inches) peeled fresh ginger, very thinly sliced into rounds

  • 2 cups dried sour cherries

  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, some coarsely chopped, some left whole


  1. Stir together rice, 6 cups water, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer until rice is tender and beginning to burst, about 45 minutes. Drain.

  2. Stir sugar, lemon juice, and vinegar in a small bowl; set aside. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots, garlic, ginger, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until shallots are translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in cherries and 1/2 cup water. Cook until cherries are plump, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar mixture.

  3. Stir together cherry mixture and rice in a large dish. Cover; let stand at least 1 hour (or refrigerate overnight). Just before serving, stir in parsley.

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