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This seasonal salad would be a great addition to your holiday entertaining as not only is it gorgeous but it is bursting with flavor. Caramelized butternut squash, earthy wild rice, and tart pomegranates make it interesting and good for you. It goes really well with a roasted turkey or even an elegant pork tenderloin.
Jeweled Rice Salad
* this salad pairs nicely with roasted turkey or even a pork tenderloin. It can also be served slightly warm; both ways are wonderful. Lightly reheat the rice as well as the squash, just until warm to the touch. Then proceed starting at step 7. Do Ahead: – you can roast the butternut squash up to a day before assembling the salad, and the rice unto 2 days. Place into bowls, cover and refrigerate.
3/4 cup wild rice
1 cup long grain rice
2 cups diced butternut squash
1/2 cup italian parsley, rough chop
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice – I use Meyer lemons when I can
1 teaspoon zaatar
Preheat the oven to 350. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and place onto a baking sheet. Lightly drizzle with some olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until fork tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Once cool, remove the skin and dice the flesh into medium pieces. At this point you can refrigerate until ready to put the salad together.
Place wild rice into a medium pot of cold water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer, and cook until the grains begin to split, about 30 minutes.
Combine the long grain rice with 1 1/2 cups of cold water in a medium saucepan, place over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit until the water is absorbed.
Drain the wild rice, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and drain again. Set aside.
Lightly drizzle a small amount of olive oil over both rices and fluff with a fork. Let them cool. At this point you can refrigerate until ready to assemble the salad.
Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, zaatar, salt and pepper together.
To assemble the salad mix the rices, squash, and parsley together in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the dressing, and season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
Place the mixture onto a serving platter. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds.