Wild Rice Chicken Salad

Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Recipes, Salads | 20 comments

Wild Rice Chicken Salad is so healthy and good for you! Make this salad with all wild rice; not a combination. Wild rice is available canned, but I prefer to cook my own. It does take more time to cook than regular rice, but it’s worth the wait.

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In the Midwest, finding wild rice is easy. It comes in 1 pound bags. If you live elsewhere, it may be harder to find. If you have a friend in the Midwest, have them  send you some as this salad is so good! It is gluten-free, too!

There are two kinds of Wild Rice. One is a cultivated Wild Rice, grown in paddies, and has a dark color. There is , also, a wild rice that is naturally found growing in lakes. The Native Americans harvest it. It is lighter in color, takes less time to cook, and is fluffier. The real wild rice is harder to find.  I use the cultivated type of Wild Rice.

Wild Rice Chicken Salad Recipe:

Ahead of time, cook chicken and cube (enough for 3 cups or more) If you boil the chicken, add lots of spices to the water. Grilled chicken is also great!

Cook Wild Rice  – enough to make 3 cups

Combine the following…..

2/3 cup Mayo

1/3 cup milk

1 Tablespoon  lemon juice

1/4 tsp. crushed tarragon leaves

Mix and set aside


In a large bowl, combine:

3 cups of cubed, cooked chicken

3 cups of cooked, wild rice

1 (8 oz.) can of water chestnuts (sliced)

1/3  cup chopped green onions

1/8 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

Blend in the mayo mixture and refrigerate for 3 hours or more.

Before serving, add 1/2 pound of sliced, green grapes and 1 cup of salted cashews.

If you like more crunch, you can add some chopped celery, too! However, the water chestnuts and cashews are enough for me! Wild Rice Chicken Salad   grandparentsplus.com


I served this Wild Rice Chicken Salad at a Bridal Shower recently. The guests loved it!


  Wild Rice Chicken Salad  grandparentsplus.com


Wild Rice Chicken Salad  grandparentsplus.com

This is one of my favorite salads! It’s so good!




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  1. It sounds really yummy! I like trying different salads and have made rice salads before, but wild rice would be especially yummy! Stopping by from the Summer Salads Linky party. Have a great week!

    • Yes, I just love wild rice! Great taste!

  2. Greetings from beautiful Minnesota! I stumbled onto your blog and like what I see … so I subscribed, and then pinned your wild rice salad recipe, and can’t wait to try it. Happy Autumn!

    • Glad you stumbled by! Thank you for pinning my wild rice salad! You should be able to get ample wild rice in MN!

  3. Thanks for sharing at the Say G’day Saturday linky party. I’ve just pinned your post.

    Hope you can join us again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  4. This salad looks delicious!

  5. This looks like a perfect summertime salad! So glad you shared your post on the HomeAcre Hop, hope to see you again tomorrow! – Nancy The HomeAcre Hop

  6. That looks delish! Hopping here from Tuesday’s with a twist and following on Google+

  7. Wow does this look amazing! We eat lots of salads over summer. I found you over The Silly Pearl. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it as much as I do. Here is the link http://bit.ly/1l4cu0j. Have a wonderful day!!

    • Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Wow, for some reason I’ve never thought to use wild rice in salads. This looks fabulous. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

    • It is a delicious one!

  9. I love wild rice, harder to find here in Florida. This looks so yummy!
    Thanks for sharing,

  10. This looks great.

  11. Love, love this salad. It looks so fresh, and tasty. pinned. found this morning at cast party wed. We will be following you now. Have a wonderful week:)

    • Thanks and glad that you’re following!

  12. Wild rice is one of my favorites and this salad looks delicious. Thanks for stopping by and linking up with The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. We are so glad you came.

  13. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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