Chilled Wild Rice Salad

Recipe by justcallmetoni
READY IN: 1hr 30mins




  • Consult the packaging on your wild rice for actual cooking directions, following the ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part orange juice. These directions match my rice. Add water and juice to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add wild rice and let it return to a boil. Lower to just simmering and cover. Cook 60 minutes. Check at about 45 minutes and if the mix seems a little dry add a bit more water.
  • Toast the pecans on an ungreased cookie sheet for 5-7 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees. Allow to cool and give them a coarse chop.
  • Rinse and clean the baby spinach, removing stems. Cut into ribbons about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Once the rice is cooked allow it to cool a bit, about 20 minutes. You want it to lightly wilt the spinach but not actually cook it.
  • Mix the spinach, cranberies, and pecans into the wild rice. If youa re serving that day, you can store on the counter. Otherwise, place in fridge until ready to serve.
  • To prepare the dressing, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • A half hour before serving, toss the salad and dressing together. Let stand so that the flavors can meld together.