Small Recipes..Wild Rice Salad

This salad recipe from "The Pleasures of Cooking for One” is just the right amount for one.   Simply double it, as I did, for two.  You can use it without meat, as I did in the photo, for a side dish with something grilled; or add some cooked meat, poultry, sausage or shrimp to make it a main dish. The author suggests adding different vegetables for variety or to use up what you have, I added green pepper instead of celery.  She also says you can use any cooked rice or even barley or quinoa, which is a great way to "Use it up".   Being originally from Minnesota, both Myrna and I usually have wild rice in our pantries.
Both Myrna and I keep cooked rice in the freezer; we make it in our Instant Pots or in a pressure cooker in larger amounts for convenience (Directions here).
Use the dressing on any salad; it’s simple to make at the last minute, with ingredients I usually have on hand...use any vinegar or salad oil you have if needed.              
                             Wild Rice Salad
     3/4        cup  cooked wild rice
     1/2        rib  celery
     1/8        large  red bell pepper
  2               tablespoons  chopped herbs
                  black olives -- for garnish
  3-4           tablespoons  Vinaigrette **                      
Toss ingredients together, pour on dressing and toss again. 
Eat as a side dish.
Optional  (choose one or both)
  4-5         cooked small shrimp
     1/2      cup  diced cooked sausage
For a main dish, add the shrimp or sausage, or cooked poultry or ham, diced.
**Vinaigrette:  add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon red-wine or champagne vinegar and 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a small jar and shake it thoroughly


  1. Interesting. I never think about rice as a salad.

  2. It's a good way to use your food storage rice; I keep brown and wild rice in smaller amounts and more white rice because it stores longer. I also store barley. Any of these are good in this recipe.
    Myrna and I both cook rice ahead and keep it in the freezer for convenience.


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