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A Walk On The Wild Rice & Beans Side Salad


I’ve been thinking a lot about piñatas recently, and for some reason this colourful rice dish totally reminds me of a fiesta! Actually, many of my salads remind me of bright and confetti-filled parties. It’s their very nature. This one just so happens to be packed with tons of healthy goodies like beans, vegetables and wild rice. It’s really a filling dish all on its own.

Speaking of piñatas, there is one making its dear way home to me from San Antonio, where I bought it a month ago. I’m pretty sure I named it “Migas” in honour of the delicious migas that I sampled for the first time ever while I was in Austin. If you’ve never tried these Tex-Mex scrambled eggs and tortillas, then, my friend, you need to get on it. Delicious!


Perhaps I’ll have Migas the piñata in time for Cinco De Mayo. If not, I can make these spectacular piñata sugar cookies filled with miniature m&ms! What a brilliant idea. Food is great.

I picked up my piñata from the Alamo Fiesta Store. This place is amazing. They had eggs filled with confetti, so you could break them on a person’s head and make them think slimy egg goop would come pouring down their face. They had so many lovely dresses, pottery and tons of decorations. It was a really cool place and there’s really not that much of it up north here in Calgary.


That said, Calgary is being really awesome these days. In the past week, I’ve been to what feels like a bazillion festivals and such: Wreck City, Calgary Underground Film Festival, This Is My City Festival, and the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. On top of that, the colour green is starting to show its pretty little face.


Another awesome thing in Calgary? The new Modern Math Recordings label is launching this week and, check this out, it’s going to be one of their first releases. It’s by a Calgary‑based duo, Sanctums, who are cool as ice. This is their song “Satellite Past Tense”.

A Walk On The Wild Rice & Beans Side Salad

(Inspired by Sarah Karnasiewicz’s recipe)

Makes about 30 side helpings

  • 2 cups wild rice, dry
  • 2 cups shelled and cooked edamame beans, thawed if frozen
  • 1 can (15 ounce or 425 gram) navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup dried figs, diced
  • 1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Bring wild rice and 4 cups of water to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes while still covered. (Adjust to suit package directions if needed.)
  2. Transfer rice to a large bowl. Add edamame beans, navy beans, carrots, figs and chives. Toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Pour over rice mixture. Stir until coated. Transfer to a serving bowl and allow to sit in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving (you can also let the flavours mingle on your way to the potluck to save time).

4 comments on “A Walk On The Wild Rice & Beans Side Salad

  1. Great meal, great music!

    • kahht
      May 8, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Sophie33
    May 26, 2013

    The dried figs in this dish made it for me! I loved cooking & eating it too, Kahht!

    • kahht
      May 26, 2013

      Yay! That’s great!

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2013 by in Quick And Easy, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , .

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