Crunchy Fruit and Wild Rice Salad

Crunchy Fruit and Wild Rice Salad

I know it has been 4 days since I have done a post and I do apologize!  It has been a Woo hoo! Spring Fever! very hectic week here in Hotlanta!  Spring has definitely sprung along with copious amounts of pollen.  Thank goodness for the rain yesterday to wash away all that creepy yellowish-green funk that was all over our cars!  It’s funny how one day you fuss at the rain and the next day you are begging for it…just can’t seem to make anyone happy these days!

Anyway, it truly was a busy week for me. I spent many hours trying to get my house picked up (although it seems like the messy fairies come right back and trash it again!). I also attended my last photography class (which was kind of sad), went to a funeral (which was totally depressing), did a bit of test cooking and then let the rest of the week just get away from me!

Finally, and most importantly, after tests and doctor’s appointments this week, my husband was given a really nice report yesterday after dealing with cancer for the past 5 years! That is a really big deal for us, so we went out to dinner last night to celebrate!

So, about this wild rice salad…some friends and readers have asked specifically for some healthy and quick recipes, so I promised I would try to do that. I know I am not the poster child for low-cal or fast dishes, but I will make an attempt to do more of those since most of us are beginning to experience glorious weather and are not interested in being kitchen slaves! It is time to fire up that grill and get your man cooking outdoors.

My healthy dish contribution for the day would be this wild rice salad! This combines lots of my favorite ingredients and it is one of those awesome dishes that you can whip up ahead of time and toss in the fridge. It is best after everything has been infused with the vinaigrette, so I suggest that you make it early in the day and have it that night or leave it in the fridge overnight and serve it the next day. It is great for a party because you can let it sit at room temperature (although my personal preference is to serve it cold).

My hubby is not the biggest fan of this kind of salad/side dish. He likes his rice hot and not cold and certainly not mixed with a bunch of fruits and nuts! However, even the hubby liked my creation this time. He suggested adding the Granny Smith apple and it really did give the salad a little flavor boost with the sweet and tangy taste of the apple mixed in. What a culinary team we make! I think he is a real keeper!

I hope you enjoy the recipe and all the beautious weather that is coming your way this Spring (minus the nasty pollen)!

Crunchy Fruit and Wild Rice Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar (a really nice one, otherwise it can be bitter)
2 teapoons honey
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup wild rice, rinsed well
1 can low-sodium chicken broth (14 oz.) plus enough water to equal 4 cups liquid (I use Swanson’s low-sodium broth)
3/4 cup chopped celery
3 green onions sliced, white and green parts
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

Whisk together olive oil, sherry vinegar, honey, Kosher salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

Bring rice, chicken broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover and turn down heat to a simmer. Cook rice for 45 minutes (if you want your rice a bit more tender, you can cook it another 5 minutes). Fluff the rice. Let sit for 5 minutes and then drain in a colander.

Carefully mix the sherry vinaigrette with the rice and all the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Taste for seasonings. I added a few pinches of sea salt and a few generous turns of fresh ground pepper.

Chill and let the flavors blend. It is best made ahead (either early in the day or the day before).

36 Responses to “Crunchy Fruit and Wild Rice Salad”

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    Chef Dennis — April 9, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    This looks heavenly….I know my girls will love it…..another great addition to the salad bar!!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 9th, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Chef. This is an easy one and it is sooo good! Several of my neighbors have already prepared the salad and have it in the fridge for tomorrow night’s dinner. I was impressed! :) I hope your girls enjoy it, too.

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    Devaki — April 9, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

    So lovely Gwen! And perfect for weeknights & sweltering heat days :) Your pics are awesome as always.

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 9:02 am

      Thanks, Devaki!

      I am looking forward to preparing some lighter meals for the warmer weather. I still may slip up every now and then! ;)

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    sweetlife — April 9, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

    what a wonderful salad..with the fruit I bet it is divine…
    sweetlife

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

      Thank you for the comment. The apple in the salad really made the difference. I can thank my hubby for the suggestion! :)

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    kathy gori — April 10, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    what a wonderful fresh looking salad. amazing!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

      Thanks, Kathy!

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    Casey Angelova — April 10, 2010 @ 3:43 am

    This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

      Thank you, Casey!

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    Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen — April 10, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    This is absolutely beautiful and is inspiring me. Spring is here- more sweetness into the cooking.

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 9:06 am

      Meghan,

      Thanks! It is definitely time for some more salads, natural sweeteners and fewer heavy dishes for the warmer weather!

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    Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris — April 10, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    Wowww !! I love your new site, and the lavender fields of France….great photos AND recipes….congratulations !!!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Cristina! I love the new site. It was worth the move!

      The South of France is my favorite place, so I had to use that picture. It makes me happy every time I open the Home page. Maybe we will get back to France again soon and come to Paris!

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    Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — April 10, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    The salad and the photo…both stunning…enough for me to do a couple of wheelies in the kitchen for (you know what I’m talking about)!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Barb!

      The bottom photo even made Foodgawker and Tastespotting today! Yeah!

      It is definitely time to do the wheelies, cartwheels and whatever else I can do!!! We had such wonderful news for a change for my hubby. It has been a brutal fight, but I believe we might have won the battle! :)

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    Crepes of Wrath — April 10, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    I’m going to a picnic today and this would be perfect to bring!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

      It would be a perfect dish for a picnic! Thanks for your comment.

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    deeba — April 10, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Glad I came here thanks to Barbara. That’s a beautiful salad, and you have a gorgeous blog! It’s refreshing!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

      Thank you so much Deeba!

      I really do think the site looks beautiful! It was so worth doing and Barb is delightful to work with!

      Thank you for visiting and for you comment.

      Gwen

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    Lauren — April 10, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    This lovely dish incorporates some of my favorite ingredients. A must-try!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 10th, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

      Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the salad when you make it!

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    Cookin' Canuck — April 11, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    Congratulations on your husband’s good news – that’s wonderful! This salad looks so hearty and refreshing.

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 11th, 2010 @ 8:13 am

      Thank you, Dara!

      It has been a really nice weekend at our home with good news and beautiful weather to celebrate with!

      Gwen

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    Cristina @TeenieCakes — April 11, 2010 @ 2:43 am

    Delicious and beautiful salad…really like the ingredients. I might even add some feta to it! Congratulations on your good news. It’s absolutely a good reason to go out and celebrate!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 11th, 2010 @ 8:14 am

      Hi Cristina,

      Thank you! I like feta is almost any salad, so that might be a really nice addition.

      Gwen

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    Linn @ Swedish home cooking — April 11, 2010 @ 4:33 am

    That looks so filling and healthy – and very very tasty! Good idea for a salad to bring in the lunch box. I’ll have to try that!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 11th, 2010 @ 8:17 am

      Thank you, Linn.

      It is a great salad for lunch. I had the leftovers for lunch myself! Thank you for stopping by.

      Gwen

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    Peggy — April 11, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    I love rice with fruit mixed in! The flavors just work so well together! This dish looks absolutely stunning!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 11th, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

      Thank you, Peggy!

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    StreamingGourmet (Amy) — April 11, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    This looks great! I’m going to swap the chicken broth for veggie broth, swap the honey for agave nectar. Then it will be vegan and gluten-free – something we’re trying to do more and more over here. My husband is going to love this one. Beautiful photo. Congrats on Top9 #1!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 11th, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

      Thank you for your comments.

      I think your changes will be delicious. I almost mentioned veggie broth as an option, but assumed some people would make that change on their own, depending on dietary preferences.

      It was fun sharing Top 9 today. Congrats to you as well!

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    Anna — April 11, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

    First YURRRRUUULL for your hubby results. Second thank you for the giveaway it’s lovely.
    And now about the yummy salad… I looked to a wild rice container yesterday and thought: – hummm, what can I do with you pretty rice? Now I know exactly what to do. It looks delicious.

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    Sharon — April 11, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    Love being able to print the recipe from your new site. Photos look wonderful. Even I may be able to make this one!

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    Maryam — April 15, 2010 @ 3:04 am

    your recipe looks delicious ..

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    Kate Brun — February 27, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Fantastic recipe – and congrats to you and your husband clean bill of health! Something worth celebrating I’m sure!

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