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Wild Rice with Apples, Dried Cranberries, and Walnuts for #SundaySupper

Today, I’m celebrating the start of fall (seriously though – where did the year go?). I love autumn, and one of my favorite things about the season is that apples are abundant! I get SO excited to stock up on Honeycrisps to eat everyday, as well as a variety of other apples for other purposes.

As a kid, I lived in Wisconsin and Michigan for a few years. When apple season rolled around, my family always went apple picking together. I would look forward to those excursions; we’d always return home with a huge bushel of apples to enjoy.

When I saw that the theme for this week’s Sunday Supper was an Autumn Apple Party, there were so many ideas running through my head on what to make. You can’t go wrong with apple pie, apple crisp, or homemade applesauce. However, I thought I’d try my hand at a dish that is more on the savory side instead. I took a simple side dish and kicked it up a notch or two with some added ingredients. This wild rice dish really reminds me of fall and winter holiday fare. The holidays are always such a wonderful opportunity to sit around the family table together. But, just because it reminds me of holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this side on any regular day of the week. I served mine up alongside a pork tenderloin…yum!

I love that this dish is both savory and sweet. The rice has a great savory base, but the apples add a tart kick, and the craisins provide a hint of sweetness. Plus, it’s really an easy recipe to create.

Wild Rice with Apples, Dried Cranberries, and Walnuts


*5 ounces long grain and wild rice (I use Mahatma)

*1 1/2 cups water

*1/2 cup diced apple (about 2/3 of an apple; I used Granny Smith)

*1/4 cup craisins

*1/4 cup chopped walnuts


1. In a small pot, bring water to a boil. Add rice, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Quickly add chopped apple to the rice and allow to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

3. When rice is complete, fluff lightly with a fork and stir in craisins. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top for garnish before serving. Enjoy!

Do you ever incorporate apples into savory dishes? What is your favorite?

And, if you want some more amazing apple inspiration, take a look at all the recipes from other #SundaySupper contributors!

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67 Comments on Wild Rice with Apples, Dried Cranberries, and Walnuts for #SundaySupper

  1. Laura Hunter
    September 23, 2012 at 4:32 am (2 years ago)

    I often make nutty wild rice and I love the twist of adding apples to it. Thanks for sharing

  2. baker street
    September 23, 2012 at 7:06 am (2 years ago)

    Oh I so want this for dinner tonight! The cranberries, the walnuts, the apple – I want it all!

  3. Soni
    September 23, 2012 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

    Ooh I want a bite of this right now!!Looks so so good and such a creative way of using apples :)Love it!

  4. Katy
    September 23, 2012 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

    I love apples in savory dishes and this rice dish sounds so good. i will definitely be trying it soon!

  5. Nicole @ The Daily Dish
    September 23, 2012 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

    This looks fantastic. I love the combination of the wild rice and apples! Yum!

  6. Crazy Kwistin
    September 23, 2012 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

    I really need to eat before reading posts on Sunday…man I want this right now it looks so good :)

  7. diabeticFoodie
    September 23, 2012 at 11:21 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for doing a savory dish. I’m just thinking about how great this would be with turkey.

  8. Pam @ The Meltaways
    September 23, 2012 at 11:46 am (2 years ago)

    What a fabulous idea – I just would have never thought to use apples and rice together and yet it sounds delicious!

  9. Patti
    September 23, 2012 at 11:55 am (2 years ago)

    We eat dried cranberries like they are going out of style! I know everyone would love this dish!

  10. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    September 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

    This is so perfect for my evening meals. A fantastic and easy wild rice recipe!

  11. Tammi @ Momma's Meals
    September 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks like a great side dish!! I love incorporating Nuts into rice, people think I’m nuts HAHA! Happy #SS!

  12. Bea
    September 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great idea! This will be a great lunch for my girlies :) Thank you for sharing ~ Bea

  13. Renee
    September 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Wild rice is so good to me. This recipe is taking something I really enjoy and making it even better. I would be raiding the fridge for the leftovers until every single morsel was gone.

  14. Cindys Recipes
    September 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I bet this is great hot or cold!

  15. Chelsea
    September 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Yummy additions to rice! I will have to try!

  16. Anne @ Webicurean
    September 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Our recipes are almost identical LOL great minds think alike! Can’t wait to give this version a whirl!

  17. patsy
    September 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m marking this to try… I am thinking it would be a really nice change with dinner or even packed in my lunch.

  18. Megan @Irun4Wine
    September 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Katie, this looks amazing! I will pair this next time I cook pork tenderloin (especially since there are 3 in my freezer that need to make an appearance sometime soon)! I may know what to do with those leftover apples in my kitchen!

  19. Conni Smith
    September 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm (2 years ago)

    How delicious! You have great taste in food & dishes…I have some of the same lionhead ones ;)

  20. Tara Noland
    September 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

    This would be great, I have to try it!!

  21. Kim Bee
    September 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm (2 years ago)

    This is really wonderful. I love wild rice, particularly with fruit in it.

  22. Chris Baccus
    September 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m always looking for recipes like this for lunch. This looks good and easy. Thanks for sharing

  23. Lyn @LovelyPantry
    September 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a really interesting combination. I’ve never had apples and rice before but this certainly does look delish!

  24. Liz
    September 24, 2012 at 8:33 am (2 years ago)

    Oh, I LOVE this rice! Just a few simple additions turn ordinary rice into an outstanding side :) Wonderful #SS dish!

  25. Faye Leong
    September 24, 2012 at 9:34 am (2 years ago)

    What a simple and healthy recipe! Bookmark and will try it out soon! Thank for sharing.

  26. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    September 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve never had rice with apples .. I love this! so inventive!

  27. Sarah
    September 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Apples and Craisins are a delicious combo in rice!

  28. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
    September 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Yum, this would be the perfect side dish to any meal (oh heck, I love rice so much, it could be my main too!). And I absolutely love wild rice – I only started eating it about a year ago and I thought, where have you been all my life?! The apples and dried cranberries make this super festive too.

  29. Arlene @FlourOnMyFace
    September 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks really good. I don’t think you can go wrong with any dish with apples and cranberries.

  30. Marnie Byod
    September 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm (2 years ago)

    This one seems really interesting. I would love to taste this recipe this weekend!

  31. Sunithi
    September 25, 2012 at 11:56 am (2 years ago)

    Love wild rice and this dish is so inviting ! But then most of yours are :) healthy & wholesome stuff. Can’t wait to make it ! Yummmm

  32. Sarah
    September 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I can totally appreciate a savory apple dish when you make a rice dish like you did. The combination of flavors sound wonderful and I bet the texture was even better!

  33. Hezzi-D
    September 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds great. I love the dried fruit with rice.

  34. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)
    September 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve had some wild rice I picked up and wasn’t sure what I would do with it. This will be a perfect way to use it!


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