Gluten-Free Wild Rice Side Dish Recipe

Pork and wild rice
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  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

I'll never understand why wild rice isn't a more popular staple. It's sky high in fiber, has more protein than white rice, and the chewy, nutty texture is absolutely to die for. But you might be surprised to learn that it isn't truly a member of the rice family - it's a marsh grass! But that's perhaps not the most appetizing description, so I'll forgive you for omitting that factoid from your dinner party.

Wild rice is like rice in that it's naturally free of gluten, so it's a great option for livening up gluten-free meals. This hearty, satisfying recipe is loaded with flavor and is a true crowd pleaser (and thankfully so, as it's quite easy to make in bulk for special occasions).

Before you get started, check out these tips for cooking wild rice from our Guide to Local Foods. I like to bake wild rice rather than cook it on the stovetop, but that's just me. For convenience, you can cook the wild rice up to 2 days before assembling and baking. Cook, cool, place in an airtight container and refrigerate!

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups cooked wild rice (See tips- How to Cook Wild Rice)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh, chopped tomatoes or equivalent amount of canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 minced cloves garlic or garlic powder to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

  • Preheat oven to 350° F

  • Combine cooked wild rice with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  • Pour the mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Cover with a lid or foil. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until the mixture is heated through and the cheese has melted.

    Alternatively, this dish can be prepared in a crock pot. Just place the mixture in a large crockpot and heat on high until it's hot and the cheese has melted.

    How to Cook Wild Rice - Preparation Tips

    Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 641
    Total Fat 43 g
    Saturated Fat 15 g
    Unsaturated Fat 21 g
    Cholesterol 60 mg
    Sodium 815 mg
    Carbohydrates 46 g
    Dietary Fiber 6 g
    Protein 23 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)