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Apple, Kale and Wild Rice Salad with Pecans

A lovely fall combination of apple, kale, sweet potatoes and pecans. Drizzled with apple cider vinaigrette. Nothing says fall like an apple salad.

Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, salad, wild rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 445 kcal


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 3 cup chopped kale
  • 1 large sweet potato chopped
  • potato seasonings: dried parsley cinnamon, salt and pepper (a few dashes of each)
  • 2 Cortland apples cored and thinly sliced
  • 1.5 cups pecans toasted

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by cooking the wild rice. Bring 1 cup dry rice to a boil with 3 cups water and 1/2 tsp salt. Cover and simmer 45 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the rice is cooking prepare the rest of the ingredients and the dressing.

For the Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, shake until incorporated, set aside.

For the Salad

  1. Trim and chop the kale. Place in a bowl and toss with a couple tsp of the dressing. Massage it into the kale. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add chopped sweet potato toss to coat with olive oil. Season with parsley, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Sauté 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  3. On a rimmed baking sheet, toast pecans at 350F for 5 minutes until starting to smell toasty.
  4. To assemble the salad, mix everything in a large bowl. Topping with pecans and saving a few apple slices to garnish the top.
  5. *If not serving right away, wait to add the dressing to the remainder of the salad. I like to add the dressing to each individual serving.
Nutrition Facts
Apple, Kale and Wild Rice Salad with Pecans
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 445
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.