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Need a salad that’s interesting and delicious? Something a little different than the norm?
Look no further than this wild rice and pecan salad!
Wild rice is unique all on its own, but pair it with some carefully selected vegetables, a drizzle of olive oil and lime, a mix of nuts and berries…then you’ve got a one-of-a-kind salad!
If you’re not familiar with wild rice, it’s quite different to regular white or brown rice. It grows wild in cool lakes and forms large grains that are long and thin. Wild rice is dark brown in color and yields fluffy, plump grains when cooked.
Many stores sell wild rice that is actually not “real.” What could make wild rice not “real” you ask? This rice is grown in rice paddies and is cultivated and hybridized. So it’s actually not WILD at all!
True wild rice grows in rivers or lakes and is often slightly different in shape and size from year to year. Wild rice from Wildly Organic is “natural wild rice grown in the clear, pure water of Canada.” Which is not far from the Wildly Organic headquarters in Minnesota!
Wild Rice and Pecan Salad Recipe
This wild rice salad recipe utilizes the “real deal” Canadian Jumbo Wild Rice from Wildly Organic. I think it makes a lot of difference and adds a ton of flavor.
I’ve added radishes, chili pepper, and red onion to give this salad a touch of spice. If you prefer a more subtle, less spicy flavor, feel free to reduce the amount of these ingredients. You could leave the radishes out completely if desired. And feel free to substitute white onion for the red onion if that suits your taste buds. This wild rice salad is so versatile! In fact, to make this wild rice and pecan salad dairy-free and vegan, just remove the feta or goat cheese!
One thing to note: wild rice takes a long time to cook. So plan ahead! It’s quite easy, just needs 70-90 minutes to simmer, but you won’t be able to throw this salad together on a whim unless you have the rice prepped ahead of time. Have you checked out our post on how to freeze rice? Try freezing your wild rice and you can have this wild rice salad whenever you want!
If you fall in love with Wild Rice, check out these other delicious recipes!
- Wild Rice and Apple Salad
- Pressure Cooker Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
- Wild Rice and Winter Squash Casserole
This wild rice and pecan salad is a perfect side dish, but can also become a main by topping with protein such as roast beef or cooked chicken or turkey. While the wild rice does take awhile to cook, the rest of the salad comes together very quickly. Bring this dish to a potluck or even make it ahead for easy weeknight dinners!