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Wild Rice Dressing with Figs | Side Dishes for Diabetics

For the holidays, include Thanksgiving sides for diabetics.Feast on side dishes for diabetics like savory fig + wild rice dressing.
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: side dishes for diabetics, thanksgiving side dishes for diabetics
Servings: 16 servings (2/3 cup each)


  • 1 cup uncooked long grain wild rice
  • 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs , stemmed and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil , divided
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery (2 medium stalks) 
  • 2 large red bell peppers , stemmed, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (3 cups)
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste)


  • Cook rice according to package directions. Remove from heat. Stir in the figs, making sure they are submerged. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat a Dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil, onions and celery; cook 5-6 minutes or until onions are beginning to richly brown, stirring occasionally. Add bell peppers to the onion mixture; cook 5 minutes or until peppers are tender crisp, stirring frequently. Remove pot from heat.
  • Stir in the rice mixture, walnuts, salt, black pepper, and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil.


Recipe and article by Nancy S. Hughes

Photos by Annelies Zijderveld

The “Go-To” Grain Bowl Main Salad
Serve cold or warm it up, by placing rice mixture and black beans only in microwave on high for 1 minute or until heated through, then top with remaining ingredients!
YIELD: 1 Serving
  • 2/3 cup reserved  Savory Fig and Wild Rice Dressing
  • 1/3 cup canned unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 of an avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 cup arugula or spring greens
  • 1/2 lemon or lime
  • 11/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  1. Place reserved rice mixture in a shallow bowl, top with sections of the beans, avocado and arugula. 
  2. Squeeze lemon juice evenly over all and sprinkle with the soy sauce.