Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sweet & Savory Wild Rice Salad Recipe

On my last post, I talked about my love of Cubbys and their healthy & delicious menu items. This is one of those that, I saw and couldn't wait to try. Growing up, I wasn't a huge fan of the sweet & savory combos but over the years my palette has changed and I've really grown fond of the combo. 

This recipe is pretty simple & is packed with so much flavor! I had made a huge batch of this cilantro lime vinaigrette for my tri-tip salad but since I'm still not sure how long it will keep, I decided to add it to the wild rice. And, the vinaigrette really transformed the dish from an ordinary one to a memorable one that we will make on a weekly basis.  
 So here's the recipe:
  Sweet & Savory Wild Rice Salad 

Ingredients
  • 2 Cups cooked chicken
  • 2 Cups Wild Rice
  • 1 cubed apple
  • ½ C toasted slivered almonds
  • ½ C craisins
  • ½ C goat cheese, crumbled{optional}
  • ½ C avocado{optional}
  • 2 C kale
  • 2 Tbsp Knorr chicken seasoning 
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
Dressing
  • ¾ C Avocado oil 
  • ⅓ C lime juice
  • ⅓ C lemon juice
  • 3 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp spicy brown mustard
Instructions
  1. Cook wild rice in rice cooker with 1 Tbsp chicken seasoning until fully cooked.
  2. Boil chicken in 1 Tbsp chicken seasoning for 10 minutes{about half way}, then pull it out & chop it into small pieces then set aside until rice is done cooking. 
  3. For the dressing: Place all ingredients into a blender & blend until smooth.
  4. Place the chicken on a medium hot pan & cook thoroughly.
  5. Then, add a Tbsp of olive oil to the pan and add the kale, apple and stir until apple is semi cooked{about 4 minutes}.
  6. Stir in the wild rice, until well mixed.
  7. Remove from heat & transfer to serving platter.
  8. Top the dish with, craisins, almonds, cheese and avocado.
  9. Then drizzle on 1/2 cup of dressing and toss salad to evenly distribute the vinaigrette. 
  10. Enjoy!

If you give this recipe a try, let me know how you liked it:)!