Sue's Wild Rice Salad

Resolutions. Do you make them? 


Sue from The View From the Great Island posted this marvelous salad recently and it's a winner! Healthy, crunchy and easy to make. Awesome start for the new year.

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts
Found on The View From the Great Island


1 cup wild rice, rinsed

1/4 cup raw pecan halves
1/4 cup whole raw cashews

1/4 cup pistachios

1/4 small red onion

several small inner stalks of celery, with leaves

3 green onions

1/2 cup dried cranberries

For the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of your favorite vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
salt and pepper to taste

Soak the rice in plenty of water for 8 hours. Drain and then bring a quart of water and a teaspoon of salt to a boil in a saucepan and add the rice. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and cook for about 35-40 minutes, or just until the rice is tender. Sue suggests: wild rice will always have a little bite to it, so don't try to cook it until completely soft.
While the rice is cooking, put the pecans and cashews in a large skillet and toast, them over medium heat. Let them cool before giving them a rough chop.
Drain the rice and put in a bowl.
Toss the warm rice with the rest of the ingredients.
Whisk together the dressing in a small jar. Shake it vigorously and it should emulsify. Taste it to adjust the amount of vinegar or seasonings. Toss the salad with half of the dressing, and then refrigerate until completely chilled.
When ready to serve, add more dressing and toss well.


  1. Happy new year....in good health...lots of love joy and peace....love Ria...!!

  2. Yum, who wouldn't love that salad with all the nuts in it. Happy New Year!

  3. Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year Barbara. Sue's salad sounds like an excellent way to start a healthy new year. I make the same resolutions every year - take better care of myself & my husband, keep trying to eat right, and continue to exercise and stay in shape.

  4. You know, originally, celery was used only for the leaves. Now most people toss them! How silly they are pretty and delicious. Fabulous in the salad.
    Hope you have a good 2015!

  5. A beautiful salad! So tasty.

    May 2015 bring you joy, happiness, harmony, peace and health.



  6. It must be delicious!
    Bonne Année!

  7. Love the resolutions, although I don't make them myself. You've posted some good rules to live by. Happy New Year, Barbara!

  8. I never make resolutions Barbara:)
    Love this salad!
    Happy new year !

  9. The salad looks so good! Happy New Year Barbara! I am looking forward to enjoying your posts in 2015.


  10. A great salad to start the New Year, Barbara.

  11. This salad looks healthy and very delicious, I would love to try it :D
    Happy New Year!

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. How delicious does this look!!!! I haven't made anything with wild rice in ages and this would be wonderful for Sunday lunch. Like most people I'll be thinking of healthier meals to serve this month. Love the addition of the varieties of nuts...so good with the rice. Happy New Year, Barbara.

  13. That would be delicious with a grilled chicken breast or even just by itself! Happy New Year, Barbara!

  14. I couldn't even finish reading the recipe before I pinned it. I'm not a fan of rice, but I do like the nutty flavors in wild rice and can't wait to try this. I'm just sorry I've already eaten or I'd make this tonight!

  15. This salad looks and sounds scrumptious! I love whole grain salads, filled with nuts and fruit! Happy New Year!

  16. Hi Barbara, love everything about this salad. Pinned! Also, I don't make resolutions just gentle suggestions to myself. Good for you!

  17. Love your resolutions and also Sue's wild rice salad. Happy New Year! :)

  18. Happy New Year, Barbara! My main focus for 2015 is simplifying--downsizing, clearing clutter, getting rid of things unused.
    What a luscious and healthful salad!
    Best wishes for great adventures in food and beautiful, relaxing travels. Nancy

  19. Happy New year Barbara! Thanks so much for sharing my salad, I made it for Christmas dinner and everybody raved. My resolutions are eerily a lot like yours, except that I've been drinking my coffee black for years, you'll love it!!

  20. I have a thing for wild rice. I love it! This salad sounds like perfect mix of flavors and textures. Hope 2015 is off to a great start for you!



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