Wild rice harvest salad loaded with all the fall favorites! Roasted butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds and a sweet maple dijon vinaigrette come together to form this delicious hearty side dish.
Wild Rice Harvest Salad
This nourishing wild rice harvest salad is the perfect holiday dish. It’s full of hearty ingredients like a wild rice blend, roasted butternut squash, roasted brussels sprouts and sliced almonds. Everything gets tossed together in a simple maple dijon vinaigrette for a sweet & tangy dish.
This dish is a must have at your Thanksgiving table, but can also be meal prepped for a weekday side dish. I love serving it with crumbled feta cheese for busy work day lunches.
The wild rice is made with a blend of black, red, brown and white rice. It has a nutty flavor, and adds the perfect heartiness to this dish. It’s a good source of B vitamins, and adds a little extra fiber and protein to this recipe.
The wild rice acts as the perfect base to this salad, and is a nutrient-dense whole-grain to add into your meal prep rotation. I love the added texture it provides to the dish.
What you’ll need to make this Wild Rice Harvest Salad
- Wild rice– I prefer using a wild rice blend since its made of a mix of brown, black and red rice
- Butternut squash– I prefer to buy pre-cubed butternut squash to save some prep time
- Brussels sprouts
- Shredded kale
- Pomegranate seeds– for a little tartness and sweetness
- Sliced almonds
- Homemade maple dijon vinaigrette
- Roast the brussels sprouts, butternut squash and shallots in a 400 F degree oven
- In the meantime, prepare the rice as instructed on the package
- Combine your dressing ingredients together in a jar or small bowl
- Assemble your ingredients when ready to serve
This recipe has so many vibrant colors and textures, it’s truly the perfect thanksgiving or holiday side dish. Leftovers stay good in the fridge for 4-5 days, so you can enjoy them all week long with your favorite protein.
Customize your salad
You can easily customize this salad to your liking by swapping your favorite nuts or dried fruit, and adding feta or goat cheese for some extra savory flavor.
- Use pecans or walnuts in place of almonds
- Add in dried cranberries or chopped apples in place of the pomegranate seeds
- Crumble your favorite cheese when serving
The salad is truly perfect for this season, or any time of the year. It’s easy to make, gets better the longer it sits, and can be customized if needed. Seriously, you can’t go wrong.