Wild Rice Asparagus Salad with Walnut Lemon Dressing
Vibrant Method Test Kitchen Approved!
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A main-dish salad is a perfect destination for grains. Tossed with a vinaigrette, a selection of vegetables and herbs, perhaps some walnuts to add crunch and flavor, and you've got all you need for the center of your plate. I love the contrast of textures and colors in this salad. The wild rice is earthy, the brown rice nutty, and both are chewy in different ways. Walnuts and walnut oil not only add perfect complementary flavor and crunch, but also contribute omega-3 fatty acids to the mix. You can make this up to a day ahead, but don't add the asparagus, parsley, and herbs until shortly before serving, because their colors will fade. I usually cook a few servings of wild or brown rice each week and toss cooked leftovers in soups and salads to save time in the kitchen.

Yields Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Yields Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Wild Rice Asparagus Salad with Walnut Lemon Dressing
Vibrant Method Test Kitchen Approved!
Get the full recipe from Pinterest.

A main-dish salad is a perfect destination for grains. Tossed with a vinaigrette, a selection of vegetables and herbs, perhaps some walnuts to add crunch and flavor, and you've got all you need for the center of your plate. I love the contrast of textures and colors in this salad. The wild rice is earthy, the brown rice nutty, and both are chewy in different ways. Walnuts and walnut oil not only add perfect complementary flavor and crunch, but also contribute omega-3 fatty acids to the mix. You can make this up to a day ahead, but don't add the asparagus, parsley, and herbs until shortly before serving, because their colors will fade. I usually cook a few servings of wild or brown rice each week and toss cooked leftovers in soups and salads to save time in the kitchen.

Yields Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Yields Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Vibrant Ingredients
  • vegetable stock you can also use water or chicken stock
  • sea salt to taste
  • wild rice soaked, rinsed and drained
  • short-grain brown rice soaked, rinsed and drained
  • asparagus trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • sherry vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • sea salt to taste
  • garlic small, finely minced
  • chopped herbs such as chives, dill, tarragon or majoram
  • walnuts raw


  • This is a Vibrant Method "Test Kitchen Approved Recipe". I search through thousands of recipes to identify healing, functional food, nutritious, easy, and delicious recipes so you don't have to. The full recipe is originally categorized in the Vibrant Method Pinterest Boards for your convenience, and ingredient basics made searchable on this website. I do not take credit for the development or the stunning image of this recipe, but am compelled to share it with you as a mouth-watering dish to prepare on your culinary journey back to vibrant health.

    ~Atali
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