Cherry, Wild Rice & Quinoa Salad


This whole-grain wild rice and quinoa salad recipe is perfect for toting to summer potlucks. It features sweet cherries, crunchy celery, nutty aged goat cheese and toasted pecans. If you can find red quinoa, it's particularly pretty.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings, about 3/4 cup each


  • ¾ cup wild rice

  • 1/2 cup quinoa (see Tips), rinsed if necessary

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup fruity vinegar, such as raspberry or pomegranate

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 2 cups halved pitted fresh sweet cherries (see Tips)

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • ¾ cup diced aged goat cheese, smoked Cheddar or other smoked cheese

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (see Tips)


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add wild rice and cook for 30 minutes. Add quinoa and cook until the rice and quinoa are tender, about 15 minutes more. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool to the touch; drain well.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the rice and quinoa, cherries, celery, cheese and pecans and toss to combine. Serve at room temperature or cold.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Tips: Although quinoa--a grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas' diet--was once only found in natural-foods stores, it's now readily available at most large supermarkets and even warehouse stores. Rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa's natural, bitter protective covering. Most quinoa is sold already rinsed; check the label.

To pit fresh cherries, use a tool made for the job--a hand-held cherry pitter; it also works for olives! Or pry out the pit with the tip of a knife or vegetable peeler.

Toast chopped or sliced nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Spread whole nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
16g Fat
27g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Vitamin A 247IU 5%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 42mcg 11%
Sodium 272mg 12%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 59mg 14%
Potassium 265mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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