Serve up a medley of textures and tastes with this colorful luncheon idea from our Test Kitchen. Crunchy celery, pepper and pecans combine with juicy grapes and dried cherries, wild rice and leftover turkey in this easy standout salad. You can substitute instant brown rice for the wild rice.
Rice blends with walnuts, onions, chopped apple and a curried lemon dressing in this versatile salad. It could be a main luncheon salad in warm weather or a change-of-pace complement to a poultry or fish dinner any time of year.
"A close friend shared this make-ahead recipe that starts with a packaged rice mix," notes Sonja Blow of Groveland, California. Curry and artichoke hearts give it a flavorful change of pace that's welcome at a picnic or potluck.
“I modified a recipe I received years ago and came up with this versatile salad. It's refreshing served cold on a hot day, but its equally tasty at room temperature or warmed in the microwave.”
—Robin Thompson, Roseville, California
I created this salad recipe to feature wild rice, a delicious state crop, plus other harvest ingredients like apples and pecans. I make bushels of it each August when the small nearby village of Dorset (population 22) hosts several thousand visitors at the Taste of Dorset festival.
-Larren Wood, Nevis, Minnesota
This refreshing salad is wonderful served year-round. I have taken it to potluck suppers and made it for family barbecues, picnics and dinner parties. People seem to enjoy the combination of flavors in this dish. I like that it can be made ahead and still taste like I really fussed.
-Margery Richmond, Lacombe, Alberta
My husband has grown rice, soybeans, cotton and maize on our farm, located on the Gulf Coast of Texas. I've tried to fix rice in many different ways to promote the rice industry. This is one of our favorite dishes.