Warm Wild Rice Salad with Sausages and Apples

Warm Wild Rice Salad with Sausages and Apples
My delicious warm wild rice salad with sausages and apples is the perfect recipe all year round. I developed the recipe one day a few years ago when I had a a few too many apples in my fridge. I’ve made it many times since and it always goes down well, whether for an easy weeknight supper or a more elaborate dinner party. The best part is, it takes only about 40 minutes to prepare and it really is very easy to make.

I first published this recipe back in 2011, and it’s still a family favourite. You can switch the flavours in this recipe up by using different kinds of sausages. My favourites are the Caramelised Onion sausages from my local butchers. It’s also fun to use pork and apple sausages to for an extra apple-y dish. Don’t peel the apples; the skin adds a lovely colour. I often use a mix of red-skinned and green-skinned apples for that very reason.

Originally I just used ordinary cider vinegar in my warm wild rice salad with sausages and apples but on several occasions I have also used a wonderful Cumbrian Damson Cider Vinegar with local honey. In a pinch, you can also use white wine vinegar, although I do like how cider vinegar echoes the flavours of the apples.

Warm Rice Salad with Sausages and Apples

Warm Wild Rice Salad with Sausages and Apples is especially delicious accompanied by a nice glass of red wine.

Warm Wild Rice Salad with Sausages and Apples Recipe Ingredients

1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons mild olive oil or other mild vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, peeled
8 to 10 free range/pasture raised sausages (or 10 to 12 skinny or chipolata sausages)
1 to 1½ cups long grain and wild rice
1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 eating apples, cored and chopped but not peeled
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 generous teaspoon Dijon mustard, plain or wholegrain
1 generous teaspoon honey
salt and pepper to taste

Warm Wild Rice Salad with Sausages and Apples Recipe Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C or 180°C for fan ovens).

Bake the sausages in a roasting pan for about 20 to 25 minutes, turning once, until no pink remains inside. Remove from the oven and keep warm.

Meanwhile, cook the rice in boiling salted water in a large saucepan, according to package directions. When cooked, drain and keep warm.

Heat the 1 teaspoon of oil in the frying pan over medium heat.

Sauté the onion until it begins to soften. Sprinkle with a bit of salt to keep it from browning too much.

Grate in the garlic and then add the chopped apples to the pan. Stir fry for a minute or two.

Taking care not to burn yourself, cut each of the sausages in 3 or 4 pieces and add to the pan.

Mix the 2 tablespoons oil, the vinegar, mustard and honey together to make a vinaigrette.

Pour the vinaigrette into the pan with the sausages and apples and stir to coat.

Allow everything to sizzle together for a minute, stirring constantly. The apples should be slightly softened but still have a bit of bite to them.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Divide the rice between the plates and serve the sausage and apple on top.

Printable Recipe

Warm Wild Rice Salad with Sausages and Apples
 
Serves: Serves 3 to 4
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons mild olive or other vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled (or use Agnes Rose Garlic Oil)
  • 8 to 10 free range/pasture raised sausages - depending on size – if using skinny (chipolata) style sausages use 10 to 12
  • 1 cup long grain and wild rice
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 eating apples, cored and chopped but not peeled
  • (I often mix red and green skinned apples for colour)
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, or try Agnes Rose Cumbrian Damson Cider Vinegar
  • 1 generous teaspoon Dijon mustard, plain or wholegrain
  • 1 generous teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C or 180°C for a fan oven).
  2. Bake the sausages in a roasting pan for about 20 to 25 minutes, turning once, until no pink remains inside. Remove from the oven and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the rice in a large saucepan in boiling salted water according to package directions. When cooked, drain and keep warm.
  4. Heat the 1 teaspoon of oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Sauté the onion until it begins to soften. Sprinkle with salt to prevent it from browning too much.
  6. Grate in the garlic and then add the chopped apples to the pan. Stir fry for a minute or two.
  7. Taking care not to burn yourself, cut each of the sausages in 3 or 4 pieces and add to the pan.
  8. Mix the 2 tablespoons oil, the vinegar, mustard and honey together.
  9. Pour the vinaigrette into the pan with the sausages and apples and stir to coat.
  10. Allow everything to sizzle together for a minute, stirring constantly. The apples should be slightly softened but still have a bit of bite to them.
  11. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. Divide the rice between plates and serve the sausage and apple on top.

More Sausage Recipes

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Sausage and Leek Quiche

Sausage and Apple One Pot

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Article by April Harris

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Comments

  1. Apples are great in savory dishes too, April. Mustard, cider vinegar and apples – love the combo of flavors. Sounds so tasty!

  2. Apples and pork are a natural blend. The rice adds another layer of taste and texture. Add the honey & mustard…LOVELY! Thanks.

  3. What an interesting recipe I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I do like new ways of serving up sausages (rather than just with a pile of mash!)

  4. What a great frugal recipe. Thanks for a new idea for a cheap and delish dinner!

  5. A hearty dish perfect for the fall and a quick mid-week meal!

  6. Apples go together so well with pork, love the idea of Djon mustard and honey too

  7. Caramelized onion with the apples & sausage sound Fall season delish. The wild rice addition really tops it off. Nice.

  8. I love the addition of apples, great for autumn season!

  9. This looks great! Apples are abundant now so this would be a great time to take advantage of this recipe!

  10. Oh I love the combination of sausage and the sweetness of the apples! This rice sounds delicious! And very fall-ish, which I love!

  11. This recipe is one that I think my family would love. We have 5 apple trees, so I am always looking for great ways to use them.

  12. Delicious, April, love sweetness of apples in this rice salad.

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