YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad

I’m still collecting recipes for you to make to celebrate the end of football season! I hope you like this one! Many of the ingredients for this recipe have winter written all over them, which I am very happy about, since you can probably guess that I like to eat food in season.

Salad ingredients:

  • 1 c. cooked wild rice (at room temp)
  • 2 c. cooked brown rice (at room temp)
  • 2 c. baby kale, chopped
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 orange, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c. dried tart cherries
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

Dressing ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. minced shallots
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper

Prepare the brown rice and wild rice in advance, and set aside. You can even make these several days in advance, and then store them in the refrigerator. When you are ready to make the salad, whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small glass Pyrex bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Then combine the rice, kale, fruits and vegetables in a large serving bowl.

Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Serve at room temperature. Makes 8 servings.

Thank you to for a prior version of this recipe.

2 thoughts on “YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad

  1. This recipe sounds really yummy. However, I eat a vegan diet and often struggle to get enough protein, would there be a way to make this dish more protein heavy? Do you think smoked tofu or some kind of beans would work? That would make this a complete meal!

    • I think both of those would be delicious. Crushed peanuts also sound yummy to me. Good luck — let us know what you decide and how it comes out! I can add any or all of these ideas to the recipe if you think it’s warranted after you try out an option or two. Thanks for reading YHIOYP — RBS

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