Chicken Salad with Wild Rice: A Hearty, Savory Dinner Salad

Try something different with this hearty, delicious Chicken Salad with Wild Rice!

Chicken and Wild Rice Salad - Try something different with this hearty, delicious dinner salad! - wearychef.com
Chicken and Wild Rice Salad - Try something different with this hearty, delicious dinner salad! - wearychef.com

I have been wanting to branch out with salad recipes lately, and this Chicken Salad does just that. Using a rice mix with seasoning adds a lot of flavor, so you only need a wee bit of dressing to hold it all together. This is one of the rotisserie chicken recipes I mentioned in my list of 5 Tips to Save Money on Meat and there was still plenty of chicken left to make Lemon Chicken Soup the next night. This chicken salad is an out-of-the-ordinary dinner that I hope your family will love! Inspired by White and Wild Rice Chicken Salad at FamilyCircle.com.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Salad - Try something different with this hearty, delicious dinner salad! - wearychef.com

Chicken and Wild Rice Salad: A Hearty, Savory Dinner Salad

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This easy, filling salad is filled with chicken, rice, fruit, and avocado.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 box long grain and wild rice mix with seasoning packet (like Rice-a-Roni)
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 apple diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 avocado flesh removed and diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/4 cup prepared poppy seed dressing
  • 12 ounces salad greens (I used a blend of baby spinach and romaine.)

Instructions

  1. Cook rice according to package directions, and allow to cool. (You could do this the day before and cool it in the refrigerator until you are ready to make your salad.)
  2. Gently toss all ingredients together and serve. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Salad

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

11 comments

Cindy @Hun... What's for Dinner?
11 years ago

What a lovely salad, full of deliciously healthy ingredients! Thanks for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you for having me, Cindy!

Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner
11 years ago

This is definitely my kind of meal!!! I just love salad and these ingredients are perfect. Pinned and sharing on FB later!!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks so much, Deb! I really appreciate it!

Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats
11 years ago

Andi, this sounds sounds awesome. I just keep reading through the ingredients going “yup.. uh huh… ohhh… yum!” Just kept getting better. Love the avocado you put in it. Pinning!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Krista! So glad you liked it, and thanks for the pin!

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11 years ago

*I WISH. I’ve been listening to too much Alvin & the Chipmunks!

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11 years ago

I with my family would eat salad! If I tell my husband I want just a big delicious salad meal, he just looks at me like I’m a nutter…and then tells me he has never once experienced that feeling. And my daughter will eat a few “green leaves” but she looks at me like I’m the meanest mom ever for forcing them upon her with every bite.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I am kind of on the side of your husband, but I am OK with salad for a meal if it has meat in it. And comes with bread. Apparently I’m worried about not getting enough to eat, which is really, really not a problem for me. This salad is more like chicken and rice with lettuce in it. Tell him that and see if he’ll go along with it ;)

Gloria Phillips (@simplygloria1)
11 years ago

Andi, my boys would love this salad! Love how you put the rice and seasoning in it. So creative!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks so much, Gloria! Your boys sound like less picky eaters than mine. I’m jealous! My husband and I sure enjoyed this though :)

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