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Minnesota Wild Rice Salad

 Minnesota Wild Rice Salad
Everyone thinks this is one of my best salads because it features wild rice—a major crop in my home state of Minnesota. Cashews give a subtle nutty flavor.
8-10 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + chilling

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained and halved
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 1-1/2 cups seedless grapes, halved
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chutney
  • 3/4 cup cashew pieces

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add rice and 1/4
  • teaspoon salt. Cover tightly and simmer for 50 minutes. Cool; drain
  • if necessary. In a large bowl, combine rice, chicken, pineapple,
  • celery, grapes, mayonnaise, chutney and remaining salt. Cover and
  • chill until ready to serve; toss with cashews. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.