Wild rice is not a rice at all, but rather a tall aquatic grass that grows in Japan, China and the Great Lakes region of North America.
Wild rice contains more protein than rice does and is richer in lysine, the amino acid that is lacking in most grains. Amino acids are essential for human growth and function.
Prepare rice mixture as described in the main recipe, omitting the onion; let cool. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a nonstick pan, add 300g whole peeled shallots and 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) dry red wine. Cook, covered,10 minutes. Uncover and cook until wine has almost evaporated. * Stir in 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Let cool. Stir in rice. Line a platter with cos lettuce leaves. Top with rice salad.