Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad | Girls Can Grill
Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad | Girls Can Grill

Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad

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September 21, 2015

With fresh kale, creamy goat cheese and spicy harissa walnuts, this Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad has multiple levels of flavors and textures, and it’s all made on the grill.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields: 8-10 servings


Grilled Wild Rice

1 21-ounce jar Royal Blend wild rice

3 14.5-ounce cans chicken stock

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

1 cup chopped kale

8 ounces goat cheese

¾ cup harissa walnuts

½ cup chopped steamed beets

1 green onion, diced

½ cup Dole chopped dates

balsamic vinaigrette

Harissa Walnuts

1 egg white

2 tablespoons harissa

2 tsps. sugar

1 ½ cups walnuts

Balsamic Vinaigrette

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

¾ cup olive oil

2 teaspoons dark brown sugar

salt and pepper to taste


Grilled Wild Rice

1Place the rice and chicken stock in a cast iron pot with a lid. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on a 450-degree grill over indirect heat for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.

2Remove from heat. Stir in kale, goat cheese, walnuts, beets, onions and dates. Add vinaigrette to taste. Serve warm.

Harissa Walnuts

1In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg white, harissa seasoning and sugar. Fold in the walnuts. Pour onto a parchment lined sheet pan in a single layer. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. Toss. Bake 10 more minutes.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.

This salad is great hot or cold.

You can use any brand of rice, but this brand reduces the cooking time by about 30-45 minutes compared to other wild rice.

You will only need half of the harissa walnuts for this salad. The rest make a great snack.

Harissa is a Middle Eastern spice. You can buy it in most stores. I like to make my own at home using the recipe in Ally's Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates

You can also make this rice dish on the stove or in an oven, but the cooking time may vary.



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