Wild Rice, Mint and Pomegranate Salad

  • Yield 4 servings

This colorful and delicious salad is made with wild rice. It has a special chewy nuttiness and can be cooked to perfection in half the time in the pressure cooker. With nuts, carrots, mango, rocket/arugula and pomegranate seeds, this salad makes a special lunch dish or stunning buffet dish for a party.

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Ingredients

2/3 cup wild rice
2/3 cup soft dried mango, peach or apricots, soaked in hot water for five minutes
1/2 cup shelled pine nuts, pistachios or pumpkin seeds
2 carrots, finely diced
3 spring onions/scallions, roughly chopped
1 large handful of fresh mint leaves
1 small bunch of rocket/arugula or watercress
4 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (or finely grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2/3 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Put the rice in the pressure cooker and add 3 cups cold water. Lock on the lid and bring to high pressure. Lower the heat slightly but maintain high pressure and cook under high pressure for 22 minutes. Cool down using the quick cool method. When cool, release and remove the lid, taking care of any steam that is expelled as you open the pressure cooker. Drain the rice and rinse under cold water. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. While the rice is cooking, soak the dried mango in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain and roughly chop. Toast the nuts until lightly golden in a dry frying pan, stirring all the while to prevent them from burning. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
  3. Tip the rice into a mixing bowl and add the chopped mango, nuts, carrots, spring onions/scallions, mint and rocket/arugula.
  4. Put the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste and pour over the salad. Toss to coat everything with the dressing.
  5. Tip onto a large serving dish and arrange rocket/arugula leaves around the edges. Scatter with the fresh pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.

The Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Laura Washburn. Ryland Peters & Small, $19.95.


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