Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chicken and Snap Pea Wild Rice Salad Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 6 cups water
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  • 1/3 cup tarragon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup safflower oil
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  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

Directions

  1. Bring the wild rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender but not mushy, 20 to 45 minutes depending on the variety of wild rice. Drain off any excess liquid, fluff the rice with a fork, and cook uncovered 5 minutes more. Scrape into a mixing bowl, and refrigerate until cold.
  2. Whisk the vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, garlic, dried tarragon, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a small mixing bowl until smooth. Pour the safflower oil into the dressing in a thin, steady stream while whisking vigorously until the oil has been fully incorporated into the dressing; set aside. Stir the chicken, celery, parsley, and green onion into the cooled wild rice. Stir in the dressing until evenly blended. Cover the rice mixture, and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.
  3. Bring a small saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the sugar snap peas, and cook uncovered until just tender, about 30 seconds. Drain in a colander, then immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the peas are cold, drain and cut into 1-inch diagonal pieces. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir the peas and toasted almonds into the rice mixture just before serving.