3/4 cup wild rice
3 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
1 large celery stalk, chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1-2 oranges, peeled, sectioned and chopped (as you section and chop the orange, hold it over a bowl to capture the juice)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp. walnut or canola oil
ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (optional)
Using a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine your water, rice and salt. When this comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for approximately 40 minutes or until your rice is tender. Drain your rice and set aside in a bowl.
When your rice has cooled slightly, add your walnuts, oranges, celery, cranberries and orange juice.
Add the oil and stir gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place the salad in a serving bowl, garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve. This recipe makes enough salad to serve four.