Curry Rice Salad

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Curry Rice Salad is a delicious blend of wild rice, pecans, apricots, green onions and golden raisins tossed with a savory curry dressing. You'll love this wild rice salad recipe that can be served cold at summer picnics or warm at your holiday table!

Curry Rice Salad held up by a spoon over a pot.
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Why You'll Love It

  • can be made ahead on the stove top and refrigerated for later
  • made with a delicious wild rice blend and warm curry spice
  • perfect cold rice salad to pack for picnics or tailgates
  • great vegetarian and vegan option for your Thanksgiving table
  • can be served cold as a main dish salad or warm as a side dish

Recipe Highlights

Curry Wild Rice Salad is one of those delicious side dishes you can't stop eating! It's packed with whole grains, dried fruits and crunchy pecans that will tickle your tastebuds. But, the flavorful curry salad dressing steals the show in this great recipe!

Since wild rice pilaf goes with just about everything, it's my first choice when I want to serve a cold salad that's packed with flavor. During holidays and special occasions, it tastes great with oven roasted turkey or glazed ham.

curry rice salad served cold in a baking dish with wooden spoon.

The curry in this recipe also makes a nice accompaniment to chicken or salmon. When summer rolls around, it's the perfect salad to go with pork tenderloin or smoked chuck roast on the grill.

What's the best part? This cold wild rice salad can be made ahead and kept for several days in the fridge, which allows room in the oven for holiday casseroles!

Ingredient Notes

See quantities in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • long grain & wild rice mix - purchase a 6 ounce box of pre-packaged wild rice mix
  • chopped pecans - can use a rough chop or small dice if desired
  • green onions - feel free to substitute chopped sweet onion
  • dried apricots - this ingredient gives the salad tons of flavor
  • golden raisins or dried cranberries - use whatever dried fruit you love most

The curry dressing is made with apple cider or red wine vinegar, sugar, curry powder, olive oil and salt. You can use fresh or dried parsley as a garnish if desired.

How to Make Curry Rice Salad

Start by stirring a package of wild rice mixture with 4 cups of boiling water in a stock pot or dutch oven. (ad) Cover and simmer for 30 minutes over medium low heat, stirring often.

wild rice being cooked in a dutch oven.

While the wild rice cooks, chop green onions, a few apricots, and a cup of pecans and place in a large bowl or add to dutch oven. Add some golden raisins or dried cranberries for sweetness.

Next, gather the ingredients you'll need for the dressing which includes apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sugar, curry and salt.

dried nuts and fruits in a dutch oven.

Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl, then pour over cooked wild rice in the dutch oven.

Add the remaining ingredients and give it a big stir with a wooden spoon. Garnish with fresh or dried parsley. Serve immediately as a warm salad, or refrigerate to cool it down.

cold wild rice salad in a dutch oven.

Once this hearty salad chills in the fridge for at least 4 hours, it absorbs all of the different flavors, which makes it taste even more amazing. It's actually better when refrigerated over night and eaten the next day!

Serve Warm or Cold!

Curry Wild Rice Salad can be served warm or cold, which makes it a very versatile dish. It tastes great as a cold salad when served as a main entree, or it's also delicious as a warm side with poultry, beef, seafood and pork.

Recipe FAQs

Is wild rice healthier than regular rice?

Wild rice has a variety of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and magnesium. Research has proven that its antioxidant activity is 30 times greater than white rice.

What type of rice is anti-inflammatory?

Wild rice is low in cholesterol and considered to be an anti-inflammatory food. It has been found to be a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids.

Is wild rice gluten free?

Any form of rice, such as white, brown or wild, is considered to be gluten-free. Wild rice is a great option for people who are sensitive to gluten, and for anyone who suffers from celiac disease.

Is this dish vegetarian?

Yes, this dish has no animal products, and it's also dairy free, so it qualifies as vegan as well. Be sure to check the ingredients in the wild rice mix to make sure it is vegan friendly. If not, use plain wild rice instead.

bowl of curry rice salad with dutch oven in the background.

Variations

  • add lemon zest and fresh greens such as spinach or kale
  • include pomegranate seeds, orange zest and fresh herbs
  • squeeze lime juice over the salad and top with pine nuts
  • make it a hearty vegetarian meal by adding roasted sweet potatoes
  • turn it into a warm wild rice stuffing by adding diced sweet apples
  • add feta cheese or goat cheese crumbles with dried cranberries
  • stir in leftover turkey or diced rotisserie chicken for a complete meal

Storage and Freezing

Make it ahead! You can store this cooled wild rice recipe in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Be sure to stir it well before serving.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Freeze cold rice salad in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

spoon serving wild rice salad.

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Recipe Card

curry wild rice salad being served from a dutch oven.

Curry Rice Salad

Curry Rice Salad is a delicious blend of wild rice, pecans, apricots, green onions and golden raisins tossed with a savory curry dressing.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 227kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Equipment

Ingredients

RICE

  • 1 package long grain & wild rice mix (6 ounces)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup dried apricots (chopped)
  • ½ cup golden raisins

DRESSING

  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley minced

Instructions

  • Bring wild rice mixture to a boil in a dutch oven or stock pot filled with 4 cups of water.
  • Turn down heat, cover and simmer rice for 30 minutes until soft, stirring frequently.
  • While rice is cooking, chop pecans, green onion and apricots. Place in a large bowl and add golden raisins.
  • To make dressing, whisk vinegar, olive oil, sugar, curry and salt together in a separate bowl.
  • Pour dressing over cooked rice in dutch oven. (ad) Stir well.
  • Add pecans, onion, apricots and raisins to rice and mix together.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • Chill rice in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes

  • Substitute dried cranberries or cherries for apricots if desired. It's fun to change the dried fruit depending on the season.
  • Make it ahead! You can store this cooled wild rice recipe in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Be sure to stir it well before serving.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze cold rice salad in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this salad. They used to make a version of it at a local restaurant this recipe is very close to it! Thanks so much!

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