Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries & Pecans

Allll the Fall feels with this 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!

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Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries & Pecans

Festive, flavorful and a total crowd pleaser!

Happy almost Fall!

Whether it’s 90 degrees by you or starting to feel like Fall, this salad is a perfect salad to transition to Fall.

It’s bursting with Fall colors and and flavors, its super easy to whip together 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.

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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!

And it’s super simple to prepare.

All you need is:

Wild Rice

Dried cranberries

Pecans

Pistachios

Dried apricots

Celery

Red onion 

Green onion and

and easy Lemon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette (see details below)

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It has an amazing mix of flavors and textures but it beautifully balanced and no one flavor stands out.

It’s just fresh, satisfying and delicious!

And it comes together quickly.

While the rice cooks, you dice and measure out the other ingredients and whisk together the simple dressing.

For the Lemon Honey Dijon Dressing, you’ll need

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Red wine vinegar

Lemon Juice

1 garlic clove

Dijon Mustard

Salt & Pepper

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And you simply whisk all the ingredients together, and it’s so delicious!

gluten free wild rice salad with cranberries and pecans #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.comThe salad itself is 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!

Recipe based on a variety of similar salads including a local takeout restaurant Garlick and Herb, The View from Great Island, Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body and the LA Times.

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries & Pecans
 
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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.
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Recipe type: Salad, Side, Holidays
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Ingredients
Salad
  • 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
Instructions
Cook the rice
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, rinse rice to remove some of the starch.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Set aside and let cool.
Lemon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
  1. Whisk all ingredient together until well combined.
Salad
  1. Add all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to combine.
  2. Serve cold or room temperature.
  3. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

 

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4 thoughts on “Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries & Pecans

  1. I made this as a side dish for my Sunday family dinner night and it was a HUGE hit! I got compliments from everyone (even the kids!!). I used Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley and it made a little more than 5 cups of rice so I made a little extra dressing and it was still delicious. Thanks for the awesome recipes!

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