Citrus Wild Rice Salad with Warm Shallot Dressing

This is a colorful, fresh and delicious salad that is perfect for the holidays. Also a beautiful addition to a buffet! ⁣ You can easily make this into an entree salad by adding grilled salmon, chicken or your favorite protein.

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Citrus Wild Rice Salad with Warm Shallot Dressing

Course: Salads
Keyword: Gluten Free, Holiday Entertaining, Seasonal Favorites, Weeknight Meals
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Denise


  • 4 cups chicken broth⁣
  • 2 cups wild rice ⁣
  • 4 oz pancetta or bacon⁣
  • 4 garlic cloves diced⁣
  • 1 shallot diced ⁣
  • 2/3 cup olive oil⁣
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinaigrette⁣
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard ⁣
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt⁣
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper ⁣
  • 4 cups fresh spinach long stems removed ⁣
  • 1 can mandarin oranges drained⁣
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds⁣
  • 1 cup dried cherries⁣
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds optional⁣
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish ⁣(optional, omit for dairy free)


  • Heat chicken broth over high heat in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, add wild rice. Turn heat down to low and cover saucepan. Cook 20-25 minutes or until broth is absorbed.⁣
  • While wild rice is cooking, prepare dressing. Heat a small skillet over medium high heat. Brown bacon 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn heat down to medium and add diced garlic and shallots. Cook 3-4 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.⁣
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil through black pepper. Add browned pancetta, garlic and shallots. Whisk well to combine. Set aside until ready to use.⁣
  • In a large serving bowl or on a large round cutting board, prepare salad to serve. Make a single layer of spinach on bottom. Top with warm wild rice. Spread mandarin oranges, pomegranate seeds, dried cherries and almonds evenly amongst salad. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese.⁣
  • Drizzle dressing evenly amongst salad. If serving for a group, place salad dressing in center of salad in a small bowl so everyone can individually dress as they wish.


Serves 8-10⁣
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