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Rating: 4.52 stars
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

I love this cold salad as a light lunch or dinner, or as a side dish in the summer or fall. The orange and herb vinaigrette is really delicious! Dried cherries are a tasty substitution for the dried cranberries. And pecans work well if you don't have cashews.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Toss the red onion, cilantro, black beans, wild rice, dried cranberries, and cashews together in a large mixing bowl.

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  • Whisk the orange juice, olive oil, tarragon vinegar, Dijon mustard, thyme, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper together in a small bowl; pour over the rice mixture in the mixing bowl and toss to coat. Chill 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

253 calories; protein 7g; carbohydrates 32.8g; fat 11.4g; sodium 274.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2011
I was looking for a Black Bean and Wild Rice Salad that was different from the usual Mexican style and found this. I made it and took it to a church salad potluck this weekend and got rave reviews. I made the salad the day before and added the dressing the morning of the potluck as I was worried the rice would get mushy if I added it too soon. There are two things I did differently. One was to add a large can of mandarin oranges which was not a good idea. My husband liked it with but I think that was the one thing that did make it a little too juicy and I would not add again. Sorry honey! The second was I did add another half cup of cranberries (I just really like them and it added some extra sweetness) and I added in some extra cashews for more crunchiness. The salad was awesome! I will be making this all summer as a side dish for grilled chicken or pork. Yum! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2013
A pound of wild rice is expensive let alone already cooked! Made this a while back & cooked my own mixture of brown rice with wild rice. Worked just fine tasted great. And people stop substituting dried herbs for fresh! So easy to grow a little pot of something fresh indoors. Read More
(3)
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2011
I was looking for a Black Bean and Wild Rice Salad that was different from the usual Mexican style and found this. I made it and took it to a church salad potluck this weekend and got rave reviews. I made the salad the day before and added the dressing the morning of the potluck as I was worried the rice would get mushy if I added it too soon. There are two things I did differently. One was to add a large can of mandarin oranges which was not a good idea. My husband liked it with but I think that was the one thing that did make it a little too juicy and I would not add again. Sorry honey! The second was I did add another half cup of cranberries (I just really like them and it added some extra sweetness) and I added in some extra cashews for more crunchiness. The salad was awesome! I will be making this all summer as a side dish for grilled chicken or pork. Yum! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2011
Most excellent! I buy the bulk wild rice mix and used it instead of the packaged rice. I also used rice vinegar and a pinch of tarragon. This recipe is delicious and gets better on days two and three (if you can keep from eating it all up that long). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2011
Awesome! I added an apple some extra crasins and I used white wine vinegar because it was what I had. Served with pita bread for a fresh summer supper. Loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2011
Finally!! A healthy and delicious alternative to boring old pasta salad! Loved the freshness and color of this dish. And the flavor is fantastic. In Indiana it's not always easy to find TRGN vinegar so I had to sub a seasoned vinegar instead. Made for a healthy lunch carry in and even my unhealthy Mountain Dew drinking co-workers liked it. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2011
This got mixed reviews. My husband liked it except for the orange I wasn't crazy about the beans and my friend loved everything about it. I love black beans but I would have liked this better with more rice. Also with all the interesting ingredients I expected bold flavor but it didn't taste as interesting as it sounded. I also thought it could have used more cranberries because they added a nice burst of flavor. All in all not bad but probably not something I'd make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2015
Awesome. Added chopped apple jicima sunflower seeds pumpkin seeds green onions and substituted parsley for cilantro from my back yard garden pot! Added balsamic vinegar dressing to add more flavor. Topped with mandarin oranges not mixed in. Did not have orange juice but used a little freshly squeezed lemon. Loved the crunch in every bite. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/04/2013
A pound of wild rice is expensive let alone already cooked! Made this a while back & cooked my own mixture of brown rice with wild rice. Worked just fine tasted great. And people stop substituting dried herbs for fresh! So easy to grow a little pot of something fresh indoors. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2012
Wonderful alternative for a cold salad. I made adjustments due to what I had on hand. Used bottled OJ with pulp apple cider vinegar & a tsp of tarragon leaf 1/2 tsp of cumin because I like it. I had pecans rather than cashews and dried cherries rather than cranberries. All substitutions seemed to work fine the dish earned good reviews and requests for the recipe. I will use it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2012
Something different and vegetarian perfect for a cookout. I made as directed except: used dried cilantro since it's what I had on hand my grocery store didn't have just wild rice so I used a blend of wild red white and brown rice. The mixture of textures with the chewy cranberries and crunchy cashews is nice. Read More
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