Crunchy Wild Rice Salad With Blackberry Dressing

Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 01-Apr-2016

Prepare the wild rice up to 2 days in advance to make quick work of this gorgeous salad. A perfect accompaniment to any grilled or roasted meat, also a lovely side in a packed lunch. Serve warm or cold.


  • ½ cup (125 mL) wild rice
  • 2 cups (500 mL) water
  • ½ cup (125 mL) celery, diced
  • ½ cup (125 mL) cucumber, diced
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) green onion, chopped
  • ½ cup (125 mL) fresh or frozen blackberries, divided
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp (22 mL) canola oil
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) toasted pecans, chopped


  • In a large saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes, until grains have started to pop. Remove from heat with lid still on and allow to stand for 30-60 minutes until desired texture is achieved. Drain and cool. In a large bowl, combine rice, celery, cucumber and green onion. Prepare dressing: Whisk well or use blender to combine ¼ cup (50 mL) of the blackberries, red wine vinegar, canola oil, sugar and pepper. When ready to serve, in a large bowl or individual plates, place rice mixture on bottom, sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup (50 mL) blackberries, pecans and drizzle attractively with dressing.

Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Makes: 6 servings

Source: (recipe developed by Emily Richards, PH Ec.).

Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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