Try Blooming Wild Rice in Your Favorite Summer Dish

Posted: June 25, 2018

Wild rice is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a uniquely delicious and nutritious option this summer. Have you ever tried blooming wild rice at home?

Whether it is a central ingredient of your main course, or tossed in with a salad for a little extra flavor and texture, this incredibly versatile food will leave your body nourished and your taste buds satisfied.

Simple and Convenient

If you don’t mind a little wait, try soaking your wild rice for two to three days, changing the water every 12 hours or so. This process known as “blooming” will leave your rice soft and ready to eat. You can drain the rice and directly incorporate it into a recipe without ever having to turn on your stove—a great perk during summer! However, you can also take a moment to briefly toast the rice in a pan for some extra flavor. If you don’t have the time to bloom your rice, don’t be discouraged, you can simply pick up a couple of cans of pre-cooked wild rice.

Health Benefits

Wild rice brings a lot to the table. Despite its name, “wild rice” is really a water-grass seed that is indigenous to our Minnesota lakes. It’s satisfying like brown or white rice but boasts far better nutritional properties. When you eat wild rice, you will enjoy the experience of eating a hearty rice dish, while at the same time get the nutritional benefits of a protein-packed, vitamin-rich seed.

Like flaxseed, wild rice is rich in proteins, antioxidants and vitamins, but unlike flaxseed, you will actually want to make it a principal ingredient of your meal. In addition to being so packed with nutrients, wild rice is also gluten-free.

Recipes

You know that wild rice is packed with nutrients, gluten-free, and easy to prepare, but now it’s time to stop thinking, sit back and savor. Once soaked, wild rice is ready to absorb all kinds of mouth-watering flavors.

We’re talking about the spicy ginger dressing of a Sprouted Wild Rice and Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing and the juicy blackberry of Blooming Wild Rice and Blackberry Salad. The memory of the distinctively delicious taste of wild rice blended with such rich ingredients is sure to impress and guaranteed to linger!