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4.94 from 30 votes

Kale and Wild Rice Salad

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Kale salad with wild rice, apples, avocado, dried cranberries, almonds, goat cheese, and a simple balsamic dressing. This is my favorite salad and goes great with any meal or can be the meal!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes


  • For the Salad:
  • 1 large bunch kale I like to use lacinato kale
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1 large apple  chopped
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 3 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • For the Dressing;
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Dash of salt and ground black pepper


  • In a large bowl, add the kale, olive oil, salt, and lemon juice. Massage the kale with your hands until the kale softens, about 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked wild rice, apple, avocado, dried cranberries, almonds, and goat cheese. Gently toss.
  • To make the dressing, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, and mustard in a small bowl or jar. Whisk until smooth. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Drizzle dressing over the salad and gently toss. Serve immediately.
  • Note-if you don't have wild rice, brown rice will work too. If you don't like goat cheese, feta cheese is also good. The salad is best the day it is made, but you can keep it in the refrigerator in a container for up to one day. I like the leftovers the next day.