Wild Rice Dressing


This Wild Rice Dressing recipe isn't only meant for Thanksgiving. Since you can prepare it ahead and bake when you're ready to enjoy, it's easy to add this sweet and savory wild rice recipe as a side for any weeknight dinner.

Wild Rice Dressing
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 ¼ cup water

  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup wild rice

  • 1 cup long grain white rice

  • ¾ cup dried cherries

  • 2 tablespoon port or cranberry juice

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¾ cup chopped celery

  • ¾ cup chopped leeks

  • ½ cup chopped carrot (1 medium)

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. In a large saucepan combine the water and broth. Bring to boiling. Stir in uncooked wild rice. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Stir in uncooked white rice. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes more or until tender. Drain off any excess liquid. Cool to room temperature.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine dried cherries and port. Let stand, covered, for 20 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add celery, leeks, and carrot; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in parsley, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper; cook and stir for 1 minute more.

  4. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole; set aside. In a large bowl combine cooked rice, cherry mixture, vegetable mixture, and almonds. Transfer to the prepared casserole.

  5. Bake, covered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through, stirring once or twice.

To Make Ahead

Prepare as directed through Step 4. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. To serve, preheat oven to 350°F. If desired, drizzle dressing with 1/4 cup additional reduced-sodium chicken broth to moisten. Bake as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
7g Fat
33g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 230mg 5%
Folate, total 60.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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