Wilted spinach, wild rice and red pepper salad with black sesame seeds

A simple side dish with lots of texture and colour. Add a couple tablespoons of dried cranberries or some sliced pear for a little extra flavor.


1/2 cup water
1/4 cup wild rice
1/4t coarse sea salt
2 cups packed baby spinach greens
1 large red pepper, cored and thinly sliced (1/4″)
1T olive oil
1/2t sugar*
2t lime juice
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2T black sesame seeds
Sea salt and black pepper to taste


Bring the water to a boil with the sea salt in a small sauce pan with a lid.
Add the rice, reduce to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes (or until the water is absorbed).
Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes covered to fluff.
Whisk the oil, sugar, and lime juice with 1T nutritional yeast.
Toss with the spinach, red pepper and remaining nutritional yeast.
Add the wild rice and toss to combine.
Let stand 10 minutes to wilt the spinach.
Season to taste, plate and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

*Not all cane sugars are manufactured without the use of animal products. Organic cane sugar, beet sugar, and otherwise unrefined sugars are typically fine.


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