Cold Wild Rice & Orzo Salad

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Had a similar salad at a restaurant, and reconstructed from memory. You may need or want more salad dressing and don't be afraid to add extra almonds for more crunch! You can play around with the ingredient quantities as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. I cook both the instant wild and white rice together in a rice cooker along with the chicken bouillion cube til done.
  2. Let cool or chill in the fridge.
  3. Cook orzo according to package directions and drain with cold water.
  4. Once rice and orzo are both somewhat cool, mix together and add the chopped peppers, onion, chopped cilantro, almonds,& salt.
  5. In a separate small container, mix the oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and spices.
  6. I've been making this salad dressing so long, I'm estimating the amounts, so adjust to taste.
  7. Pour over rice salad, mix thoroughly, add more salt if needed and splash with Balsamic vinegar to taste.
  8. Salad is best if chilled for at least an hour or two before serving to blend flavors.
Most Helpful

My family enjoyed this at our reunion! I added chopped kalamata olives and crumbled feta, plus used a rice/grain mix instead of wild rice. Definitely toast the almonds, and I used at least 2 T balsamic vinegar plus some extra S&P. Nice crunchy and refreshing salad. Traveled well, too.

Chef GIM July 28, 2013

This is such a delicious summer side dish! My one small addition is raisins and/or craisins. I toss a handful or two into the rice during the last 5 minutes of cooking to soften them up a bit. I love the extra bit of sweetness the fruit adds. We usually serve this salad as a side dish with grilled chicken. Mixing leftover chicken in with the rice makes for a great lunch the next day too!

jerob July 01, 2011

Excellent salad. I omitted the instant rice and I only had parsley. I also toasted the almonds. This was simple, very tasty and a big hit.

whatscooking June 08, 2009