November 18, 2009

Pomegranate Wild Rice Salad

3 tablespoons pomegranate juice or PAMA
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar

2 cups cooked wild rice, cooled
1 cup thinly sliced fennel
1 cup pomegranate arils
1 shallot, very thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, very thinly sliced

Whisk together the vinaigrette in a small bowl. Set aside. Toss together the salad ingredients. Stir in vinaigrette. Serve at room temperature.

Quick Tips: If you have one, a mandoline makes quick work of thinly slicing the vegetables. I bought this inexpensive mandoline last year and it works well.

I like to make the wild rice for this salad the day before. Refrigerate it then fluff it with a fork before adding the remaining ingredients.

My thoughts:
This is a great late autumn or winter salad. Pomegranates are at their peak and fennel is widely available. A lot of recipes call for mixing wild rice (which actually isn't rice at all but a kind of marsh grass) with long grain rice but I prefer it by itself, especially in a salad. I love how the nutty flavor and chewy texture contrasts with the juicy pomegranate and crisp vegetables. I love the burst of flavor the arils provide. While I like it as a side salad, it is hearty enough to serve as main dish.


  1. I like your pairing of pomegranate and fennel in this salad. The arils flecked throughout add a pretty splash of color as well.

  2. That is a beautiful autumn dish. I've been meaning to do something with pomegranate and this looks like just the thing :)

  3. This looks gorgeous...I love the colours and I love that there's fennel in it as well (one of my favourite veges but always so expensive!) I think this would work out well for an NZ summer as well :)

  4. Ooh this is such a good idea!
    I recently tried my first fennel salad and LOVED it and I already adore pomegranates. Bookmarking this one for later!

  5. The picture alone makes me want to try this. It's beautiful!

  6. This looks absolutely delicious, I already saved this recipe! Looking at all the things you do with pomegranates I think I have to start experimenting a bit more. I remember one year mixing it into the red cabbage as a side dish for our Christmas duck, which was very yummy, too. But you're right, the texture and that burst of flavour make every dish so interesting!


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