Kale Wild Rice Salad

about the recipe

Whether you are looking for a delightful side or a filling vegetarian entree, you are going to love this Kale and Wild Rice Salad.  With nutty wild rice, vibrant kale, sweet oranges, crunchy walnuts,  and a tangy homemade vinaigrette, you have a salad that with perfectly balanced flavors and texture.


Dressing – ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil – 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar – 1 teaspoon minced garlic – 1 tablespoon maple syrup – 1 teaspoon dijon – 1 teaspoon sea salt – ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


Salad – 3 cups cooked wild rice – 5 ounces kale – 2 mandarin oranges peeled and separated into wedges (or one orange peeled and segmented) – ¼ cup toasted walnuts

– Make the dressing by combining oil, vinegar, garlic, maple syrup, dijon, salt and pepper in a blender. 

– Process until smooth.

– Place the kale in a bowl and massage with a tablespoon of the dressing for 2 minutes. 

– If you don’t want to get the dressing on your hands, just massage it with a drizzle of olive oil

– Combine cooled rice and kale in a large bowl. Top with dressing and allow to marinate for 15 minutes. Add oranges and walnuts, and serve.