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WILD RICE SALAD WITH APPLE-LEMON DRESSING

WILD RICE SALAD WITH APPLE-LEMON DRESSING

This Wild Rice Salad with Apple-Lemon Dressing is the perfect versatile salad!  It is light enough to work as a side dish. Chicken or Turkey would pair very well.  This would also work as a lunch dish or light entree.

The wild rice and chickpeas make the dish hearty and filling, while the apple and lemon keep the entire dish feeling very fresh and light.  Want a different way to serve the dish?  Add some simple lettuce wraps for a taco/wrap style dish that is perfect for parties or eat-and-run days, and don’t we all have those!?

WILD RICE SALAD WITH APPLE-LEMON DRESSING

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 2 c cooked wild rice
  • 1, 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 c cucumber seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 c golden raisins
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 green onions greens only, chopped
  • 2 T green olives diced
  • For the dressing
  • 1/4 c apple juice
  • 3 t lemon zest
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 2 T fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1 T parsley finely chopped
  • 1/8 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt

To serve

  • 4-6 Large tomatoes figure 1 per person

Instructions

For the salad

  1. Toss the chickpeas, bell pepper, cucumber, raisins, carrot, green onion and olives with the rice until well combined.
  2. For the dressing
  3. Combine the juice with the lemon zest, lemon juice, dill, parsley, garlic powder, pepper and salt.

To serve

  1. Combine the dressing with the salad and toss to well combine.
  2. Thinly slice the tomatoes and arrange on a plate. Serve topped with a good scoop of the rice mixture and additional salt and pepper if desired.

Recipe Notes

This dish serves 6 as a side dish or 4 as a light entree.

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