Allll the Fall feels with this hearty, gluten-free salad that works equally well for lunch or a holiday table. It's a great mix of flavors and textures -- savory, sweet, tangy, earthy, just a little bit of crunch and delish! Bonus: doesn't need to be heated so works great for entertaining or bringing to a party or holiday.
Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries & Pecans
Festive, flavorful and a total crowd pleaser!
If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving side dish that doesn’t require oven space, this Gluten-Free Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Pecans is for you!
Let’s face it, oven space is at a premium on Thanksgiving, so what better than an festive and crowd-pleasing side that doesn’t need to be heated?
This hearty salad is super easy to whip up, bursting with Fall colors and it’s the type of salad that goes with everything.
It’s simply wild rice + a ton of diced vegetables and dried fruit, all tossed in a lemon-honey-dijon -vinaigrette
It’s packed with flavor but no one flavor is overpowering, so it’s satisfying and crowd pleasing.
Seriously this salad has it all! It’s savory, a touch sweet, a touch tangy, earthy and has just a bit of crunch. And with all this happening it is addictively delicious!
The details… Wild Rice, dried cranberries, pecans, pistachios, dried apricots, celery, red onion and green onion all tossed with a Lemon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette.
It has so many flavors and textures but it beautifully balanced and no one flavor stands out.
It’s just delicious! And so hearty and satisfying!
It’s served cold or room temperature so it is as great for lunches as it is for a holiday table where it’s nice to have at least one dish that doesn’t require reheating!
Pro tip: If you’re making it for a holiday celebration, mix it together but add the dressing just prior to serving to keep it extra fresh!
And if you’re not in need of an additional Thanksgiving side, whip this up for the week and enjoy having it in the fridge and at the ready!
This salad will take you from lunch to a holiday table. It's savory, a touch sweet, a touch tangy, has a little bit of crunch and is addictively delicious! Serve cold or room temperature. Stays well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week. NOTE: this is a cold salad but total time includes cooking the rice. Pro tip: If serving at a holiday or party, prepare salad and dressing but add in the dressing just before serving to keep extra fresh.
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Salad, Side, Holidays
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Serves: 6-8 servings
1⅔ cups wild rice or wild rice blend (we used Lundberg wild rice blend ) (This translates to 5 cups cooked)
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup dried apricots, cut into bite size pieces
½ cup pecan halves, broken into pieces
½ cup roasted and salted pistachios
½ cup celery, diced
¼ cup red onion, diced
¼ cup green part of green onions, sliced thin
Lemon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt (or more to taste -- NOTE: the pistachios we used were salted; use more salt if unsalted pistachios)
⅛ teaspoon pepper or more to taste
Cook the rice
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
While waiting for water to boil, rinse rice to remove some of the starch.
When water is boiling, add rice to water and cook rice as you would pasta. Cook in boiling water for 30 minutes. Taste the rice, should be cooked but firm. You do not want a mushy rice. As cooking times vary by brand, you may need to cook a few minutes longer but we have always been good with 30 minutes.
Drain rice into a strainer with small holes (you don't want to lose the rice!) and run cold water over it to remove any remaining starch.
Set aside and let cool.
Lemon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
Whisk all ingredient together until well combined.
Add all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to combine.
Serve cold or room temperature.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Pro tip: If serving at a holiday or party, add dressing just before serving to keep extra fresh!
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...