Recipe | Wild Rice with Roasted Grapes & Walnuts

Wild Rice with Roasted Grapes & Walnuts
Last weekend, Chris and I decided to get AppleTV. My plan was to get it, subscribe to Hulu, and then start watching old episodes of Rock of Love immediately. I was so excited that on the way to Best Buy, I sang the Rock of Love theme song, and since I only know approximately 3 lines from it (including “touch my backstage pass” which: ew, Bret Michaels, really???), I’m sure that was pretty annoying to listen to. (My poor husband puts up with so much. Seriously.)

When we got home and I was scrolling through to find Rock of Love, I found all of these other trashy reality shows I had forgotten about though. The Surreal Life! I Love New York! Daisy of Love! Weren’t things so much better back then? Wasn’t life so much simpler? Anyway, my goal is to work out while watching these shows, so by the time I catch up on all of them, I’ll be in the best shape of my life. I’ll be able to throw trays of Lean Cuisine stuffed cabbage across a tour bus with the strength of an olympic shot putter. Also, if you work out while watching crappy reality shows, it’s okay. Did you know that? It’s true. Don’t you believe me? You should.

Roasted Grapes
Discovering old favorites is awesome, right? So here’s another old favorite: wild rice! Wild rice is not as cool and happening as quinoa or freekeh, but you shouldn’t forget about it because it too is a delicious whole grain. (And did you know it’s actually a grass and not rice at all? It’s a fact!) Wild rice is one of those things that I rarely make, but whenever I do, I think, “I need to make this more often.” And then I don’t because I don’t really know what to do with it.

Well, here’s what I did with it. I roasted some grapes and sliced shallots and tossed them with wild rice, walnuts, and sage. It’s simple, but delicious–it’s one of those recipes that seems like there’s not much to it and you don’t expect it to blow you away when you try it, but then it does. Yes, I’m telling you that this wild rice recipe will blow your mind. If you haven’t had roasted grapes before, I’m pretty sure they’re about to be your new favorite thing.

Wild Rice with Roasted Grapes & Walnuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Wild Rice with Roasted Grapes & Walnuts

Wild rice tossed with oven-roasted red grapes, shallots, and toasted walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red seedless grapes
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup wild rice, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Toss the grapes and shallot with 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Transfer to a baking sheet that's been sprayed with oil or lined with parchment paper and roast for about 20 minutes, or until the grapes are softened, but not burst.
  3. Transfer the grapes and shallot to a large bowl. Add rice, walnuts, remaining oil, vinegar, and sage and gently toss, careful not to smash the grapes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Kiersten Frase

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Kiersten is the founder and editor of Oh My Veggies. She loves cooking, trashy reality shows, and Hello Kitty. Kiersten also blogs about blogging at kierstenfrase.com.   Read more from Kiersten →

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Comments

  1. says

    Yes, working out to tv is totally acceptable! It’s the fun way to get in shape and it’s the best way to multitask ;) (I always did it when my husband and I watched Breaking Bad and I would have a mat out with dumpbells – drove him nuts) but I felt I was so productive and used the time well ;))

    The wild rice with roasted grapes sounds amazing!
    I love wild rice but it’s also one of those things I don’t make as often. When I do, I cook a double or triple batch and then freeze a portion that’s been drained well – that way it’s super quick to thaw a serving anytime for a quick dinner.

    I look forward to trying this recipe! ;)
    xox ella

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I used to watch Breaking Bad with my husband, but I am really squeamish, so I had to stop. I am so low-brow when it comes to TV. The only non-embarrassing thing I watch is Mad Men.

      I LOVE making big batches of grains and freezing them too–so convenient!

  2. says

    I have to admit, I am not a fan of wild rice but I love everything else about this recipe. I keep meaning to try roasting grapes too. They sound amazing.

    And I agree, watching reality garbage is completely acceptable if you workout while doing it. Even if it’s all day long! ;)

  3. says

    I have never prepared wild rice before. I have seen it so many times at the grocery store but never purchased it. I think now I will. Even though it is pricy I am sure it is well worth it.

  4. says

    Roasted grapes?!?! I can’t wait to try! Too bad I just bought approximately 75 pounds of green grapes at Sam’s Club this morning. Next time – I’m getting red so I can make this!
    My kids LOVE rice. In any form. I don’t know why – I can’t explain it. But when I make rice with dinner, everything seems to go smoothly!
    Thanks for a great recipe! :)

  5. says

    Wild rice is a grass?! Mind.blown.

    Think this would be good with almonds instead walnuts? I spend way too much at the grocery store this week and I’m trying to avoid going back until I have to . .

  6. says

    I really love wild rice and it’s very popular here in Manitoba since it’s grown here. It has such a nice nutty, crunchy flavour. Grapes are such a creative topping but I bet they taste awesome.

  7. says

    I consider myself a huge reality tv fan, but I haven’t even heard of most of those ones haha…I have tried roasted grapes though, so I believe you that this would taste good, even though I’m not a huge fan of wild rice!

  8. says

    I love the idea of roasting grapes! Wild rice is really hard to find here, but this is a good reminder that I should bring a big bag back on my next trip. I’ll have to try this out with a rice blend in the mean time. Yum!

  9. Anna @ Garnish with Lemon says

    I just found a bag of wild rice in my pantry that had been shoved to the side behind something else – jackpot! I love roasted grapes, too, and can’t wait to try them with the chewy wild rice. Thanks for the inspiration, Kiersten!

  10. says

    Yum!! I actually just spent the weekend developing Thanksgiving recipes, and after a few tries I got one right with wild rice, I really love the stuff!! You are right, it is super unappreciated. And roasted grapes? I think you are right that they are going to be my new favorite thing. I love dishes like this when you taste them and they surprise you with just how good they are. I can’t wait to make this one!!
    Also, I really, really love the new design of the blog!!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I decided not to do a big Thanksgiving menu this year. I have a few recipes to post, but not like last year. So I can’t wait to see your ideas!

      And thank you! I wanted to change the homepage to make it easier to navigate between all the different sections. :)

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