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Wild Rice with Roasted Beets and Toasted Pecans

COOK TIME
1 hr
PREP TIME
15 mins
SERVINGS
4-6 servings
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Wild Rice with Roasted Beets and Toasted Pecans recipe
Lauren Salkeld
COOK TIME
1 hr
PREP TIME
15 mins
SERVINGS
4-6 servings
RATE THIS RECIPE
(8)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beets, scrubbed and halved if large
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Chef notes

    For a more colorful dish, use a combination of red and golden beets.

    Preparation

    Lauren Salkeld

    Preheat the oven to 425°F.

    In large baking dish, toss the beets with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add ¼ cup water and the thyme sprigs, if using. Cover the dish tightly with foil and roast until the beets can be easily pierced with a paring knife, about 1 hour. Remove the dish from the oven and let the beets cool, covered. Once they’re cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to rub the skins off the beets, then cut them into bite-size pieces.

    Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the rice with 1 ¾ cups water. Bring to a boil then cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the rice is tender, about 40 minutes. Keep warm.

    In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil with the apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and Dijon mustard and whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    In a large bowl, toss the rice with the beets. Drizzle with the maple-Dijon dressing and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the pecans.