This main-dish salad is just what the doctor ordered after the holidays, bursting with color and fresh flavor. The recipe comes from the Birchwood Cafe Cookbook (University of MInnesota Press, $29.95). (Note: You'll end up with extra dressing, but that's just fine ... stash it in the fridge to wake up any salad.)

Source: Midwest Living

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Recipe Summary

hands-on:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
5 cups rice mixture, 8 cups greens
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Ingredients

Smoked Turkey and Citrus Wild Rice Salad
Orange Honey Vinaigrette

Directions

Smoked Turkey and Wild Rice Salad:
  • Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the wild rice and a pinch of salt, and reduce the heat. Simmer the rice until it is tender, about 40 minutes. Drain the rice, and let it cool.

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  • In a large bowl, combine wild rice, turkey, celery, onion, bell pepper and cherries. Add just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat, about 1/2 cup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Arrange the mixed greens on a platter or plates. Spoon the rice mixture onto the mixed greens. Garnish with orange slices and microgreens, if desired.

Orange Honey Vinaigrette:
  • In a blender, combine oil, orange juice, vinegar, honey, shallot, coriander, and garlic. Cover and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in a screw-top jar in the refrigerator. Makes 1 cup dressing.

*Shopping Tip

A chef favorite for garnishing dishes, microgreens are essentially baby plants, such as tiny, tender radish tops. Find them at specialty markets.

Nutrition Facts

281 calories; total fat 11g; saturated fat 2g; polyunsaturated fat 4g; monounsaturated fat 4g; cholesterol 29mg; sodium 537mg; potassium 435mg; carbohydrates 31g; fiber 3g; sugar 17g; protein 14g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 1179IU; vitamin c 40mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 3mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 61mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calcium 51mg; iron 1mg.

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