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Recipe: Wild rice pilaf with cranberries and apples

Serves 8

Medically reviewed on Jun 20, 2018

Dietitian Tip

Not a true rice, wild rice is the unpolished kernels of a wild grass native to the Great Lakes area. Wild rice requires boiling in a larger quantity of water than does regular rice.


  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, no sugar added
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced


Heat the oven to 325 F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Spread the almonds on the baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Transfer immediately to a plate to cool.

In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the rice. Reduce heat and cover. Keep adding water as necessary to prevent the rice from drying out. Simmer until the rice is tender, about 45 to 60 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer to drain. Return the rice to the saucepan and stir in the dried cranberries. Cover and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar and sugar.

In a large bowl, combine the rice and diced apples. Add the oil mixture and toss to coat evenly. Serve warm or cold on individual plates. Top with toasted almonds.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving SizeAbout 1 cup
Carbohydrate37 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Fiber4 g
Protein5 g
Sodium6 mg
Monounsaturated Fat4 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Total Fat5 g

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