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Wild Rice with Bacon and Fennel


For this earthy salad, make sure to use wild rice, not a blend, to get a nice chewy texture.

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  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh fennel fronds or flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts


Servings 8
Preparation time 40mins
Cooking time 65mins
Adapted from


Step 1

1. Cook wild rice according to package directions; drain.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 7 to 8 minutes or until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Chop bacon.

3. Sauté fennel bulb and onion in hot drippings over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add broth and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in rice and bacon; cook, stirring often, 3 minutes.

4. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Stir in fennel fronds and vinegar. Stir in walnuts just before serving.

Note: Use wild rice, not a blend, for the best texture.

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