Harvest Wild Rice Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette
Harvest Wild Rice Salad
Despite the fact that it’s now fall, it’s still hot as heck in south Florida. Despite the fact that it’s still hot as heck in south Florida, I still want to enjoy comforting fall inspired recipes. So I went to work in my Kitchen and made this Harvest Wild Rice Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette.
This harvest wild rice salad is filled with toasted pecans, dried cranberries, pepitas and baby kale. I made a simple pumpkin vinaigrette for this salad. Throw seven ingredients that you probably already have on hand into your food processor. Process until well blended. Boom. You have pumpkin vinaigrette.
I used Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar and Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the pumpkin vinaigrette. Pompeian offers great products at affordable prices. That’s why they are my go to brand for olive oils and vinegars. Find out where to purchase your favorite Pompeian products by visiting Pompeian online.
So…back to this salad. Did I mention that it’s P-E-R-F-E-C-T for fall? Cause it is. You can enjoy this salad as a main dish or as a side. I enjoyed mine with a piece of grilled salmon. I also enjoyed a bowl of it solo for lunch. If you’re a fan of cheese, try it with a little feta. It taste’s great with a little feta. The nutrition information provided is for 1 Cup of the salad with 1 tbsp of the dressing. Halve the nutrition information for the 1/2 C serving.
Harvest Wild Rice Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette
For the salad (makes 4 cups)
For the dressing (makes 1 cup)
The dressing is very robust and only a little is needed. I suggest starting with a small amount and then increasing as needed. The amount of dressing used (over or under 1tbsp) will alter the nutritional information.
Store unused vinaigrette in a refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480 Total Fat: 31g Sodium: 89mg Carbohydrates: 45g Sugar: 12g Protein: 12g
The nutrition information provided is for 1 Cup of the salad with 1 tbsp of the dressing. Halve the nutrition information for the 1/2 C serving.
I’m a member of the Pompeian #PantryInsiders. This recipe was written on behalf of Pompeian, however, all opinions and recipes are my own.
Wow – that vinaigrette sounds incredible! Pinned!
Thank you, Claire!
I love wild rice, too, and I hardly ever cook with it. This looks AMAZING. It’d be perfect for Thanksgiving.
It would definitely be perfect for Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for stopping by, Amanda! :)
I love wild rice too and really should eat it more often! Love love this pumpkin vinaigrette!! Amazing salad.
Thank you, Zainab!
Look delicious! Love the idea of a pumpkin vinaigrette!
Thank you, Liz!
What the what?! That pumpkin vinaigrette has me feeling wayyyy too hungry right now!
Pumpkin vinaigrette >> you are getting very hungry. very hungry. very hungry.
Anything pumpkin usually has a way of making me hungry!
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The salad looks fantastic Julie! Love wild rice and the pumpkin vinaigrette sounds amazing!
Thank you, Kelly!
What a beautiful fall salad, Julie! The pumpkin vinaigrette sounds amazing. I have everything I need for this salad and definitely need to try it soon for lunch!
Thank you, Ashley! This salad is perfect for lunch!
Wow Julie this salad does look perfect for Fall! I love that you used pumpkin in the vinaigrette, I can’t wait to try this :)
Thank you, Emily!
This looks incredibly good, Julie. Right up my alley! Pinned!
oh, those colors! this looks great (and i love this kinda rice, too!)
Thank you, Francesca!
So I have one question for you and that’s -when are you gonna bottle this Pumpkin Vinaigrette up and sell it to the masses? It sounds phenomenal – mixed with the pepitas and wild rice and pecans and kale simply fabulous!
Now that’s a good idea, Shashi! I should jump right on that, right? :)
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This looks delicious, Julie! :) I could totally see this as a healthy side dish on the Thanksgiving dinner table. Pinned.
YES! This would be perfect served for Thanksgiving dinner!
This salad looks amazing, so colorful and delicious! I can practically hear it crunching while I wish I was eating it. :) Hot as heck in SoCal too, and nice to find a pumpkin recipe that doesn’t require me to fire up the oven!
Thank you, Meggan! I’m yearning to be somewhere that’s a little cooler than Florida. I’m so jealous of all of the cooler weather and changing leaves that many people are enjoying right now!
Love this! Just saw on FG! Pinned! That Pumpkin Vinaigrette! The Maple, the balsamic, the pumpkin…want!
Thank you, Averie!
What a wholesome salad, looks very pretty and delicious! Will be trying it soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
You’re welcome, Monika! I hope you enjoy the recipe! :)
Wow Julie, that salad looks amazing!!
Thank you, Lisa!
This looks fantastic! If I made all of this the night before would it keep well for my lunch the following day?
Yes, it would keep. The dressing is good for up to a week and the salad should be good for 3-4 days. I made this on Saturday and am still enjoying it today!
Thanks for stopping by!
Sorry, I see that information now. I made this last night and it’s heavenly. There’s no way it would last a week, and I’m surprised it could last an afternoon, (Because no one in my house could stop eating it, lol.) Thanks for the recipe.
I love rice so much and I’m loving this salad. Kale? Check. Rice? Yum. That dressing. Julie…this rocks!
Thank you, Bri!
That salad looks gorgeous! I bet it is also super tasty. I found my way here through the Whimsy Wednesday link party. I’d love it if you stopped by my blog sometime. Have a lovely day :)
Thank you, Courtney!
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Julie this salad really looks great. I love the idea of pumpkin dressing too, perfect for fall.
Thank you, Alyssa!
Mmm – this looks SUPER yummy! Love the wild rice and the autumn twist. Making!
Thank you, Sarah!
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What can I replace the kale with? Can’t eat kale, but salad sounds good.
You could use fresh spinach or bok choy in place of the kale.
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I’m trying to imagine complimentary side dishes with this gorgeous salad and would like to get opinions on its sweetness level. I know, its a subjective question, but would you say its savory enough to not compete with the sweetness of candied yams, for instance?
To me, this salad isn’t very sweet. I think it would be fine served along with candied yams.
I hope you enjoy the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!
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I make my own vinaigrette’s – always have – to me, it finishes a salad. But I never have used pumpkin in a vinaigrette! Brilliant!
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