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Cherry Wild Rice Salad

While touring Door County, I sampled this salad. As soon as I got home, I wrote the lady who'd made it requesting the recipe. The mix of rice, vegetables and orchard-fresh fruit is a tasty way to remember Wisconsin's premier cherry-growing area. —Yvonne Gorges, New London, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh snow peas, halved
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 cup cooked long grain rice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • DRESSING:
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 3/4 cup cashew halves, toasted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. For dressing, in a blender, combine the sugar, oil, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and ginger; cover and process until blended.
  • Pour over rice mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, stir in the cashews.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 355 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • MarineMom_texas
    Jul 26, 2016

    I prepared this salad today and give it an automatic five stars. This salad rocks. I did omit the snow peas and I used Uncle Ben’s Wild and Long Grain Rice mix for the rice. I also used sliced fresh cherries. And I toasted almonds instead of cashews. OMGosh was this delicious. Hubby cleaned his plate and I did, too. I highly recommend this delicious salad.Volunteer Field Editor

  • TexasCookie
    Apr 3, 2013

    Fabulous, easy & healthy!!!!

  • jmalerich
    Jun 2, 2011

    I made this salad for a funeral dinner and received many requests for the recipe. The only thing I changed was that I doubled the dressing. It was delicious and a nice change from the usual pasta or jello salads. It definately is a "keeper".

  • pmeklund
    Feb 6, 2010

    Because I live in wild rice country we have eaten so many wild rice recipes, but this is the best salad we've ever had, so flavorfull !!!!