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Citrus wild rice lentil salad with cranberries and apples - a tasty and healthy side dish! Gluten free.

Wild Rice Lentil Salad with Apples and Cranberries.

A fresh and healthy wild rice salad with lentils and fresh fruit and a citrus dressing.
Course Salad
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword rice lentil salad recipe, wild rice lentil salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 244 kcal


  • 1 cup long grain brown rice
  • ½ cup wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • cup black lentils picked over and rinsed
  • ½ cup sweet onion chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large apple diced
  • fresh parsley

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup organic canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  1. Place the brown rice and the wild rice in a large pot and add 3 ¼ cups of water and a teaspoon of olive oil. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover pan. Cook for about 40-45 minutes, or until both varieties are tender.
  2. While the rice cooks, cook the lentils. Place them in a pot with enough water to cover by one inch. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and cover the pan. Cook until lentils are tender but still firm, about 25 minutes. Drain out excess water.
  3. Place the rice and lentils in a large bowl and let them cool before proceeding.
  4. Put the cranberries in a food processor and pulse a few times until coarsely chopped.
  5. Add the cranberries, apples, onion, and celery to the bowl. Stir well.
  6. Make the dressing: Put the orange juice, organic canola oil, salt, pepper, and sugar in a jar with a lid. Shake well. If you are serving the salad right away, pour the dressing on top and toss to coat. If you are not serving immediately, refrigerate the salad and the dressing and combine just before serving.
  7. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Recipe Notes

You can make this salad the night before if you wish. Keep the dressing separate and just add it right before serving.

Store leftover salad in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Wild Rice Lentil Salad with Apples and Cranberries.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Sodium 306mg13%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 10.9mg13%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.