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Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad in bowl on wooden platter
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Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad

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 Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 20


Grilled Wild Rice

  • 21 oz jar Royal Blend wild rice
  • 3 14.5-ounce cans chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup harissa walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped steamed beets
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Dole chopped dates

Harissa Walnuts

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp harissa
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Grilled Wild Rice

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

Harissa Walnuts

  • In 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

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


This recipe creates a massive side dish that can serve up to 20 people. If you’re feeding a smaller group, you can scale down the ingredients.


Calories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 8gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 4.6mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and top 10 category finishes. I’m an expert grill reviewer for BBQ Guys, and I have appeared on the Food Network and Ninja Woodfire Grill infomercials. I established this website in 2015 to share my BBQ tips and recipes.

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