Crunchy Wild Rice Salad Recipe with Citrus Dressing

| 12/12/2012 12:17:00 PM

If you're searching for a refreshing, flavorful salad for the holiday table, I've got just the dish. This wild rice salad has been a Meyer family favorite for years and I'm always happy to see it on my plate. Right when the richness of buttery beef, buttery potatoes and buttery gravy threatens to tank your palate, slide your fork over for a bite of this salad—snappy and downright refreshing with orange zest and the crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds.

Bonus 1: It tastes even better the next day, which makes it a perfect do-ahead dish, as well as a leftovers treat.

Bonus 2: It can easily be made vegan.

Bonus 3: You can play with the ingredients to your heart's content. Pine nuts instead of pumpkin seeds. Pomegranate seeds instead of golden raisins. Add cubes of roasted squash. Add cubes of apple. Just don't add marshmallows...

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad recipe
Photo By Stephanie Meyer

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Citrus Dressing

4 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups wild rice
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup golden raisins (or pomegranate seeds)
1 cup chopped green onions (about 1 bunch)
3/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (or pine nuts)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated orange peel