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Apple Wild Rice Salad

Apple Wild Rice Salad

While I was eating my roasted pork tenderloin with apple gravy on apple wild rice I was reminded of the waldorf salad that I had recently enjoyed. One thought led to another and I was thinking about a wild rice salad with crisp fresh chunks of apple. The wild rice would have to be cooked in apple cider and chicken stock again to add all of that flavour. Crunchy celery, sweet raisins and toasted walnuts would also have to be a part of the salad. I was thinking of a simple oil and vinegar based dressing made with walnut oil and cider vinegar and a touch of maple syrup to balance it out. With apples and raisins in the salad it only seemed fair to invite cinnamon to the party. The apple wild rice salad turned out really nicely. I left the dressing rather tart and I quite enjoyed the contrasting sweetness of the apples and the raisins. Overall all of the ingredients worked really well together in the salad. I could not wait for the rice to cool down so I enjoyed it warm the day and the leftovers were good right from the fridge. I am looking forward to using wild rice again.

Ingredients:
1 cup wild rice (cooked in apple cider rand chicken or vegetable stock)
1 apple (cored and chopped)
1 stalk celery (chopped)
1 tablespoon raisins (or dried cranberries)
1 tablespoon walnuts (toasted and chopped)
1 clove garlic (grated)
1 tablespoon walnut oil (or olive oil)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey)
1 dash cinnamon

Directions:
1. Mix everything in an bowl.

Similar Recipes:
Apple Wild Rice
Waldorf Salad

22 comments:

Jeanine said...

Wow, those sound like fantastic flavour combinations! Well done!

meeso said...

That is a gorgeous and healthy salad!

Steph said...

I love the flavour and texture combintations! It's such a pretty salad!

Alexa said...

That sounds like a great mixture of textures and flavors... the perfect cold weather salad!

Amber said...

Kevin, this has been a very creative meal. I love wild rice because you can do so much with it and it just sort of molds to whatever you do.

Elra said...

Nice combination of flavor and texture. Sweet, crunchy, and a bit of tanginess from the cider vinegar. hmmm, I think this is the kind of light and healthy, yet satisfying meal that I've been looking for.

ttfn300 said...

love it! i've been meaning to do a waldorf with wheat berries, so this is right up my alley :)

nicole said...

Where do you come up with all this good food.

Pearl said...

wow! looks great! and i love the fresh bites of apple!

giz said...

Wild rice is such a winner and you've created a really interesting combination

biz319 said...

That looks amazing - I think I'll have to make this!

Thanks for the recipe Kevin!

diva said...

thank you kevin for posting this! i really wanted a wild rice salad recipe and this is it :) x

Lori Lynn said...

Like your festive placemat Kevin.
Nice salad too.

Andrea said...

Nice of you to invite cinnamon! Now I just have to figure out how to get an invite myself ;-)

Melissa said...

Wow! Sounds and looks very flavorful!

Cheryl said...

What a great idea, great combination

Katrina said...

Your food always leaves me speechless. All I can say is Yum!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

This will be great for a weekday lunch!

Beachlover said...

rice as salad?...hmmm what a creative idea to combine those together!.

Jan said...

Great sounding salad, Kevin. Lots of flavors happening in this one.

Seamuffin said...

That looks (and sounds) delicious! Definitely going in the recipe box as one to try. :)

Jeanne said...

Mmm, I love the textures you have going on here - the nutty chewiness of the rice and the crisp apples.

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