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Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad in bowl on wooden platter

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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword beets, kale, salad, wild rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 290 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


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

  1. 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.

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

Harissa Walnuts

  1. 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

  1. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 234mg7%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.