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Wild Rice Salad with Apple and Pomegranate is an easy to make salad with fabulous flavors. It also contains pine nuts, dates, and a tangy dressing. Enjoy it for lunch or serve it as a side during the holidays.
I love salads containing fruit.
In this Wild Rice Salad, fresh fruit compliments the nutty flavor of the wild rice.
You may be thinking you want to try this Wild Rice Salad with Apple and Pomegranate, but wild rice is too expensive. But is it really?
One cup of dry wild rice makes 3-4 cups when cooked.
So a little really goes a long way!
I only used one cup for this Wild Rice Salad which serves 6.
And if you can’t find it at reasonable price, you can use a wild rice blend in this recipe instead.
When preparing wild rice, you can follow the package directions and make it on the stove.
Generally 3 cups of water are added, which gives you an idea of why it expands so much when cooked.
However, you can also make it in your Instant Pot, which is my preferred method.
All you need to do is add 2 1/2 cups water to the 1 cup wild rice and set the timer for 25 minutes.
Allow the pressure to come down naturally.
If there is any extra water left in the pot, simply pour it off.
I find my wild rice cooked perfectly every time.
Wild rice isn’t actually rice at all.
In fact, it’s classified as a grass.
And it turns out to be more nutritious than white rice: wild rice contains fewer calories, more protein, and more fiber.
In addition, it’s high in magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6.
You can learn more about it in this Wild Rice Nutrition Review.
And since it’s really delicious, why not make it part of your regular diet?
One of my favorite ways to use it is in Vegan Wild Rice Soup.
And of course I love this Wild Rice Salad.
It’s perfect as part of a holiday meal.
Check out the quick video to see how easy it is to make Wild Rice Salad with Apple and Pomegranate!
Wild Rice Salad with Apple and Pomegranate
- Prepare the wild rice according to the package directions. Or to make in an Instant Pot, combine the wild rice with 2 1/2 cups water. Set the timer for 25 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Drain off any water that wasn't absorbed.Let the rice cool until you're ready to make the salad.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked and cooled wild rice with all the other ingredients. Toss until well combined.
- Refrigerate the salad until ready to serve. Or if preferred, let the salad come to room temperature before serving.