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Active time25 minutes
Total time1 hour
1 cup wild rice
8 cups water or stock
2 tsp. salt
1 cup pecan halves
1 Tbsp canola or rice bran oil
1 tsp. salt
2 cups grapefruit juice reduced to ¼ cup
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
½ tsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp diced shallots
½ cup canola oil or rice bran oil
¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 bag baby arugula
3 large grapefruit
- Place the water, wild rice and salt in a medium pot and bring to a simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the wild rice starts to split open and soften. (Do not cook until completely open). Strain oﬀ the excess water, place in a bowl and cover with cling ﬁlm to cool.
- While the rice is cooking, make the vinaigrette. Slowly reduce the grapefruit juice to ¼ cup over a low ﬂame. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and add the vinegar, salt and shallot, let steep for 15 minutes. Add the canola oil in a slow steady stream while whisking constantly to emulsify. Add the pepper.
- Wash the arugula in cold water, gently swishing to loosen any grit, let set for 5 minutes to allow any dirt to settle to the bottom and gently lift the arugula from the top and dry in a salad spinner. Set aside.
- Toss the pecans with the canola oil and salt, spread out on a parchment paper lined sheet pan and bake in a 350°F oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant.
- Peel the grapefruit and remove each segment by cutting to the center on either side of the membrane to release the segments or supremes.
- Toss the wild rice, grapefruit and pecans with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Arugula bruises very easily so gently toss the arugula in another bowl with the remaining vinaigrette. Then gently mix the contents of the 2 bowls together and divide amongst 6 chilled plates.
Recipe and photo courtesy of the California Wild Rice Advisory Board, Executive Chef Craig von Foerster