Wild Rice Chicken Salad

I’m bringing this recipe for Wild Rice Chicken Salad out of retirement because I made this tonight and each one of my boys said at different times, “Mom, this is GREAT!!!! Why don’t you make this more often!” So I decided that I NEED to make this more often…and maybe you do too!

Chicken Wild rice Salad on Croissants

It’s the Friday before Christmas. Can life be busier than this? Theoretically, yes, but functionally, this is about as busy as it gets. I also know that we’re heading into some days of very heavy, rich eating. I don’t want to compound those calorie issues during these days leading up to the holidays, so I’ve been looking for something light but really nutritious to serve my family.

My friend, Shannon, wife of the Bald Guy at Bald Guy Brew International, came to my rescue and shared this recipe with me and I loved it! I had to restrain myself from eating WAY too much of this tasty chicken salad!

Wild Rice Chicken Salad

  • 1 (4oz.) pkg. wild rice
  • 2-3 c. cooked, diced chicken breast (2010 note: I had so little time so I BOUGHT a rotisserie chicken at the market and used the meat from that. PERFECT!)
  • 1/4 c.p green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. red seedless grapes, halved
  • 3/4 c. light mayo
  • 1 t. white vinegar
  • 1 t. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 oz. slivered almonds (2010 note: I only had whole almonds, which I chopped coarsely and we were good to go.)

Chicken Wild rice Salad on Croissants

Cook rice according to package directions and allow to cool.  Whisk
together the mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Stir in the
rice, chicken, onion, and grapes.  Mix well and refrigerate for at
least one hour.  Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium-high
heat until golden brown.  Sprinkle salad with almonds before
serving.  I’ll double this for my family that includes 5 hearty male eaters.

Some variations to consider: this recipe also works well with chunks of turkey. I will definitely be making this with plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise. This will change the flavor a little, but we love plain yogurt and it will be a good twist for our family. Substituting sunflower seeds for the almonds will spin this salad yet another direction.

Serve on buns, sourdough, or croissants. For those avoiding carbs, this can be served on a bed of lettuce too.

Chicken Wild rice Salad on Croissants


For my vegetarian friends, this salad could handle firm tofu or more nuts instead of the chicken.

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Chicken Wild rice Salad on Croissants


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17 thoughts on “Wild Rice Chicken Salad

  1. This is kindness itself. When my sister, the vegetarian, arrives for Christmas and yet again makes do with the side dishes, I’ll have a fine offering of leftovers the next day with the tofu version for her and the turkey version for the rest of us. This is a real holiday gift. Thank you.

  2. I’ve made this before, except I added avocados. I’m not the biggest fan of avocados, but I love them in this salad.

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  4. It not only tastes great but is also very healthy. A fantastic recipe to get something healthy into your kids diets.

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  6. I want to make a version of this for a potluck tonight. What is a decent substitute for white balsamic vinegar? I have white or apple cidar vinegar and limes on hand – will any of those work?

      • I figured that out. I’m not sure I even know what white balsamic vinegar IS….I think I’d be tempted to use rice vinegar but that would definitely head the flavor in a more Asian direction. I think you could even use regular balsamic vinegar and have good success. In fact, that is probably what I will do when I try this. Partly, I’ll do that because I HAVE regular balsamic vinegar in my fridge!

      • I found some pear-infused white balsamic vinegar at the market. Maybe I’ll bring the bottle by for a taste test. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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  10. Thanks, Barb! I love it! I added a few spices…a touch of cayenne and served it with fresh fruit. The meal brought rave reviews. Our guests asked for your recipe so I gave it to them with your web address. 🙂 Thanks for saving the day for me. I want to make this again for company real soon!

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