Welcome to the Dainty Chef’s kitchen, where we embark on a journey of culinary exploration, tantalizing your taste buds and nurturing your body with each delightful creation.

We believe in the power of fresh, wholesome ingredients to transform the way we eat and live. Our Wild Rice Salad embodies this philosophy, marrying the earthy richness of our wild rice blend with the crispness of garden-fresh vegetables and the zing of citrusy dressing!

It’s a culinary symphony that delights the senses and nourishes the body, leaving you feeling energized and satisfied!


Exploring the Distinctive Flavours of Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad is a culinary masterpiece that combines the earthy richness of wild rice blend with the freshness of garden vegetables like kale, green onions, spinach, and arugula. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a novice in the kitchen, this salad is sure to impress with its complexity and depth.

Selecting the Right Rice

At the heart of our rice-based recipe lies the star ingredient: Dainty Borealis Rice. This versatile wild rice blend is a harmonious mix of nutty flavours, chewy texture and earthy flavours, making it the perfect base for our salad. When selecting your rice, opt for quality grains that are rich in nutrients and flavour. Dainty Borealis Rice fits the bill perfectly, ensuring that every mouthful of your salad is a culinary delight.

A Recipe That is Both Sweet and Savoury

Imagine a salad where the earthy nuttiness of wild rice mingles harmoniously with the delicate sweetness of honey or maple syrup-infused dressing. Picture the vibrant hues of fresh kale leaves, their robust bitterness perfectly offset by the juicy bursts of cherry tomatoes and the subtle tang of fresh squeezed lemon juice and red wine vinegar.

In this wild rice salad recipe, every ingredient plays a vital role. From the crisp crunch of English cucumber to the briny richness of Kalamata olives, each salad ingredient is carefully selected to contribute to the overall harmony of the dish.

It’s not only the ingenious combination of elements that truly sets this salad apart but also its savoury flavours and simple method of creation. The hint of sweetness from the honey or maple syrup in the dressing adds depth and complexity to the dish, while the savoury notes of garlic, oregano, and Parmesan provide a satisfying contrast that keeps you coming back for another forkful.


Lemony Wild Rice and Shredded Kale Salad

A wild rice salad recipe on a plate



  • ½ cup/125ml Dainty Borealis Rice
  • 4 cups kale, sliced thin
  • Juice of 2 lemons (approx 6 tbsps)
  • ½ English cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups/500ml cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup/250ml pitted Kalamata olives
  • Handful of fresh Parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup/65ml pumpkin or sunflower seeds, toasted
  • Grated Parmesan to sprinkle (optional)


  • 1 clove garlic, minced fine
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • Salt and black pepper to taste



Cook the Dainty Borealis rice according to package instructions. When done, spread out onto a baking sheet to steam dry and cool.


Meanwhile, place the chopped kale in a large mixing bowl. Add in 1 tbsp of the lemon juice with a pinch of salt. Massage the kale and lemon juice together, until the kale is slightly wilted.


Add in the diced cucumber, cherry tomato, olives, and cooled rice. Stir to combine.


In a small jar, combine the garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, honey or maple syrup, remaining fresh lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Put on the lid and shake to combine.


Pour ¾ of the dressing into the salad and toss to combine. If more dressing is needed, adjust accordingly. Mix in the parsley and seeds and season lightly with salt and black pepper. Toss to combine and serve this delicious wild rice salad recipe with a few gratings of Parmesan on top.


Exploring Creative Twists on the Classic Salad

While our Lemony Wild Rice and Shredded Kale Salad is a masterpiece in its own right, there’s always room for creative experimentation. Feel free to customize your salad with additional ingredients such as grilled chicken, roasted veggies, or toasted nuts. Let your imagination run wild and create a salad that’s uniquely yours.


What to Serve My Salad With

Wondering what to pair with your delectable Wild Rice Salad? The possibilities are as vast as your imagination! While this salad shines brilliantly as a standalone dish, offering a satisfying meal on its own, there are numerous delightful accompaniments that can elevate your dining experience to new heights.

Protein Pairings

For those seeking a complete and balanced meal, consider complementing your wild rice salad recipe with succulent grilled chicken, flaky, oven-roasted fish, a fried avocado or even crunchy apples. The tender, juicy proteins will harmonize beautifully with the rice salad, creating a wholesome and satisfying ensemble that’s sure to impress even the most discerning palates.

Experiment with different marinades and seasoning to add a certain complexity to your protein choice, whether it’s a tangy lemon herb rub for the chicken or a savoury garlic herb crust for the fish.

Appetizers and Side Dishes

If you’re hosting a casual gathering or a summer soirée, why not pair your Wild Rice Salad with a refreshing selection of appetizers and side dishes? Crisp, golden crostini topped with creamy goat cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes make for an elegant and indulgent starter, while a platter of colourful crudité served with a tangy yogurt and herb dip adds a fresh and vibrant touch to your spread.

Don’t forget to include some crusty artisan bread and flavoured butter for those who crave a little extra indulgence.

Beverage Pairings

For a refreshing twist on your dining experience, consider serving your wild rice salad recipe alongside a chilled glass of white wine or sparkling water infused with fresh citrus slices.

However you choose to enjoy it, whether it’s a casual weeknight dinner or a festive gathering with friends and family, our Wild Rice Salad is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. So go ahead, get creative with your pairings, and let the culinary magic unfold as you indulge in a meal that’s as delicious as it is nutritious.


The Final Word: Simplicity in all its glory

Embrace the ease and balanced flavours of this perfect salad, ideal for any occasion, be it an every-day or holiday meal. Wild rice is a type of rice that is central to the dish, ensuring nutrition and a quick cook time of 25 minutes. Follow the easy cooking instructions to masterfully craft this delightful recipe.

The harmonious blend of ingredients not only provides a nutrition-packed meal but also guarantees satisfaction in every bite of this wild rice salad recipe! Dive into the simplicity of a dish designed for perfection in both preparation and taste.

So why delay the inevitable pleasure of indulging in this culinary delight? Take a leap into your kitchen, armed with fresh ingredients and a spirit of culinary adventure, and embark on a journey that promises to be as rewarding as it is delicious.

Bon appétit!