Looking for a side dish that’s healthier than traditional potato salad or pasta salad? This healthy wild rice salad is full of protein and made with just a handful of simple ingredients. Watch this short video to see how to make wild rice salad in a few easy steps. All you’ll need is some wild rice, dried cranberries, raisins, walnuts, mandarin oranges, and a few other ingredients to make this healthy dish come together in a pinch.
This wild rice salad makes for the perfect side to bring to picnics, parties, or get-togethers all year round. It’s full of texture, flavor, and offers up tons of protein, so it’s a dish that fills you up without leaving you hungry five minutes later. So often, eating healthy is easier by ourselves, but when we have to go to parties or functions we’re tempted by calorie-laden snacks and less-than-healthy appetizers or desserts. This wild rice salad tastes delicious and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, but you can still feel good about its nutritional properties! It’s refreshingly light and low-calorie, with roughly 350 calories per cup.
Wild rice is naturally high in protein but low in fat, making it the perfect base for a healthy dish. Wild rice is also gluten free, so those with dietary concerns or celiac’s disease can enjoy this dish stress-free. Aside from cooking the rice itself, all you have to do is combine these simple ingredients and refrigerate the salad for about 10 minutes before serving. You can serve this wild rice salad with some extra protein like shredded chicken or salmon if you want to make it a complete meal. If you’re looking for more healthy, simple recipes, be sure to check out all of our recipe videos!