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Wild Rice, Kale, and Pomegranate Salad

This salad is the perfect side dish for your holiday meals as well as perfect for a family dinner or potluck.  Try this out the next time you have to make something for that party!

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword kale salad, pomegranate salad, wild rice pomegranate salad, wild rice salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 239 kcal


  • 4 cups Kale
  • 2 cups Cooked wild rice(without seasoning packet) I use the Uncle Bens wild rice and omit the seasoning packet
  • 5 oz Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup Pistachios
  • 1-2 cups Pomegranates


  • 1/4 cup red onion or shallot dices fine
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • squeeze of orange or lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • rice wine vinegar(optional)
  • 3 tbsp water


  1. First you want to prep all the ingredients for this pomegranate salad.  There are a few thing I like to make sure I take care of first.  First of all, make sure to cut out the ribs in your kale.  These are bitter and chewy and not enjoyable to eat. I cut them out and then chop my kale finely.  You want them to be bite sized pieces.

  2. Next you want to chop your pistachios a bit smaller as well.  I give them a rough chop just to make sure that they are distributed throughout the salad well.  You can but a bag of already shelled pistachios which makes your job making this salad much easier.

  3. You can buy already chunked feta cheese or just buy a block of feta cheese.  Either way, you want it broken into small bite sized pieces.

  4. You can also buy pomegranates already shelled which is way easier than shelling them yourself, but they can get a bit pricey.  

  5. Put your pomegranates, pistachios, cooked(and cooled) wild rice, feta cheese, and kale in a bowl.  I love keeping each ingredient separate, since they look so pretty this way.  But you don't have to!

  6. Next make your salad dressing.  Once it is all mixed, you can blend it up in the blender to make it more smooth.  We like ours with the bits of onion because my kids love onions.  You can add more or less depending on your love for them.

  7. Pour the salad dressing over the pomegranate salad and mix well.  You do not need a ton of dressing on this salad since the other ingredients add so much flavor to it.  I will often test the dressing first to see if it needs anything else.  Sometimes I will add just a dash of rice wine vinegar since it is sweet and mild and will take the bitterness out of the dressing.  You can also add a bit more olive oil if you like it less vinegarry.

  8. This is great served right away but I like to let it sit for at least an hour to let everything marinate for a minute.  The flavors get a chance to combine and mellow. 

  9. Serve this as a side to your holiday meal, take it to your next get together, or eat it alone, in your bed while watching Netflix.  You can't go wrong with whatever you choose!  My kids actually take it in their lunch for school!