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Ham and Pea Wild Rice Salad

The basic version of this recipe is a quick and easy weeknight meal. Each of the three variations -- Asian, Prosciutto, and Salmon -- are tasty, too.

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs to 24 hrs

Ham and Pea Wild Rice Salad

Directions

  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, prepare Dried Tomato Vinaigrette.
  2. In a large bowl combine rice mixture, ham, peas, and green onion. Drizzle with Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. Toss lightly to coat. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours before serving. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

From the Test Kitchen

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For a shortcut when making this recipe, substitute 2/3 cup bottled dried tomato vinaigrette for the Dried Tomato Vinaigrette.

Asian Wild Rice Salad:

Prepare as above, except use the cooked beef or pork instead of ham. Substitute one 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained, for the peas and 2/3 cup bottled ginger vinaigrette salad dressing for the Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. If desired, add 1/4 cup shredded radishes to the rice mixture. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Prosciutto Wild Rice Salad:

Prepare as above, except substitute 8 ounces slivered prosciutto for the ham. Add 1/3 cup dried cherries and 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted, to the cooked rice mixture. Substitute 2/3 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing for the Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Salmon Wild Rice Salad:

Prepare as above, except substitute 8 ounces smoked salmon, broken into chunks, for the ham and 1 cup shredded fresh spinach or arugula for the peas. Substitute 2/3 cup bottled Italian salad dressing for Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Directions

  1. In a screw-top jar combine white wine vinegar; olive oil; finely chopped dried tomatoes (oil packed); oil from dried tomatoes; water; snipped fresh thyme or dried thyme, crushed; sugar; garlic, minced; ground coriander; paprika; and cayenne pepper. Cover and shake well. Serve immediately or cover and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Shake before serving.

Nutrition Facts (Ham and Pea Wild Rice Salad)

  • Per serving:
  • 384 kcal cal.,
  • 17 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 40 mg chol.,
  • 1541 mg sodium,
  • 40 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 18 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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