Wild Rice Apple Salad

Wild Rice Apple Salad

Put Autumn on the table with flavorful grains and crisp seasonal produce.

A fall salad is a very different meal than its spring and summer cousins. Fresh, crisp greens give way to heartier, more filling options. Fall salads are a mix of fresh produce and filling grains that fuel the body and comfort the mind as the seasons begin their gradual shift.

This Wild Rice Apple Salad combines the best of all worlds for the seasonal home cook. It can easily be served alone as a hearty main dish or served alongside grilled meats as a delicious side dish. This salad is easily packed into lunchboxes, as well.

The prep for this salad is mostly in the cooking of the rice and the chilling of the final salad. To speed up that process, make extra rice at dinner and use the leftovers to pull this salad together quickly the next day.

Wild Rice Apple Salad is a chilled dish, making it a hearty but cold meal for the still warm days of early Autumn.

For the frugally minded, this dish makes the most of seasonal and often less expensive produce. Tart apples are ideal, but use whatever apples happen to be on sale (or that you can forage!) to increase the value of the meal.

Don’t forget, the salad can easily be doubled or even tripled for an ideal potluck contribution.

An Endlessly Adaptable Dish

The options in this salad are endlessly adaptable to what’s available locally and individual tastes.

Consider these options:

  • Use pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts instead of sunflower seeds.
  • Substitute shallots for the onions.
  • Champagne or herbal infused vinegar work just as well as the apple cider vinegar.
  • Sage or rosemary instead of thyme is delicious.
  • Add finely chopped carrots, if desired.
  • Pears instead of or even in addition to the apples are tasty.

As the fall weather begins to set in, serve up this cold salad that is perfect for warmer Autumn days while also filling the body with healthy wild rice and juicy apples.

Wild Rice Apple Salad
As the fall weather begins to set in, serve up this cold salad that is perfect for warmer Autumn days while also filling the body with healthy wild rice and juicy apples.
    Prep Time15 minutes
    Cook Time40 minutes
    Passive Time2 hours
    • 2tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1tablespoon Wildly Organic Olive Oil
    • 1teaspoon fresh thymesnipped (1/2 teaspoon dried)
    • salt and pepperto taste
    Cook Rice
    1. Combine the rice and water in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes or until rice is tender. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
    Make Salad
    1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice with celery, onion, sunflower seeds, and apple. Mix well.
    Make Dressing
    1. Whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, thyme, and salt and pepper until emulsified.
    Assemble Salad
    1. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
    2. Before serving taste and add salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
    Recipe Notes

    What dishes do you serve up to usher in the fall season?

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