Apr 14, 2014

Chicken and Wild Rice Salad with Arugula

I first made this recipe well over a year ago when my in-laws were visiting. It was a big hit but it, of course, got buried deep within my notebook of recipes that I've pulled out of magazines.  I recently pulled that notebook out and went through the many, many collected pages and made a mental note to make this very soon.  I remember that we all really liked it but I forgot how great it is to have around for lunch!

The tender chicken, herbed vinaigrette, crunchy cabbage, sweet apples, and the savory wild rice all come together for a very delicious salad that is a great replacement for your everyday boring lunch fare.  This would be a great addition to an Easter brunch or pretty perfect for a bridal or baby shower.  Or you can just eat it for several days for lunch as we did.

Chicken and Wild Rice Salad with Arugula
Printable Version
adapted from Meet Me at the Garden Gate by the Junior League of Spartanburg, via Southern Living

½ cup uncooked wild rice, cooked to package directions and cooled
2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
3 green onions, thinly sliced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 apple, diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup finely sliced purple cabbage
4 oz. arugula

Herbed Vinaigrette
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. fresh herbs, minced, any combination (basil, thyme, oregano, tarragon, parsley, etc.)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Place cooked and cooled rice in a large bowl. Add cooked chicken, green onions, celery and apples.
2. Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a glass measuring cup and whisk to combine. Pour about ½ of the vinaigrette over the chicken and rice mixture and toss to combine. Season with salt, pepper, and additional vinaigrette to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
3. After chilling, serve salad on a bed of sliced cabbage and arugula. Serve with additional vinaigrette if desired.


Carol at Wild Goose Tea said...

Nice combo of ingredients. This is a hardy lunch salad with no guilt attached. Arugula has one of the major greens adds so much flavor on its own. Regular lettuce is totally boring in comparison. Nice mixture of textures in the salad too.

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