This easy wild rice salad is just what it says on the tin – super easy but the sneaky thing is, it doesn’t taste easy! It is the sort of salad you can enjoy at work, smiling smugly to your coworkers whilst saying something along the lines of ‘oh, this salad? Why yes it is delicious and I just threw it together in 10 mins…enjoy your supermarket sandwich’ *hair toss.* Okay, maybe you shouldn’t say that exactly but my point still stands that this salad is so delicious and good looking, everyone is going to want it!
The earthy flavour of the wild rice goes perfectly with the natural sweetness of the dates and the tangy lime and garlic salad dressing. I recommend making it in batches as part of your Sunday prep.
Easy Wild Rice Salad – Ingredients – Serves 2
140 grams of wild rice
120 grams of cucumber
100 grams of pitted dates
30 grams of pistachio nuts – cashews or almonds can be used as a substitute
10 grams of pine nuts
2 large handfuls of rocket/argula
2 sprigs of fresh mint
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons of olive oil
juice of 1/2 fresh lime
Easy Wild Rice Salad – Method
Bring a small pot of water to boil and pour in the rice, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 25 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, chop the cucumber into small chunks (as pictured)
Next, finely chop the dates and mint.
Prepare the dressing by finely chopping the garlic and mixing in a small bowl with the olive oil and fresh lime juice.
Once the rice is finished cooking, drain and rinse with cold water.
Add the rocket/arugula, cucumber, mint and dates to the rice and mix well.
Stir through the dressing and the pistachios (or cashews/almonds if you are substituting the pistachios) and pine nuts.
Note – If you would like to make this non-vegan or vegetarian, try adding some sliced boiled chicken breast.
Check out my other salads below:
Easy Chicken and Rocket Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing – Chicken and Rocket Salad
Golden Beetroot Recipe with Fig Dressing – Golden Beetroot Salad
Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad with Apple Cider Dressing – Blue Cheese Salad