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Chicken Wild Rice Salad Recipe

Santa Rosa Valley Chicken Wild Rice Salad

This delicious chicken rice salad is full of fresh flavors and can be made ahead of time. Add the avocado and pecans right before enjoying for this delicious main dish.

Course lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 411 kcal


  • 6 oz wild rice cooked
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 3 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 4-5 green onions chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 3 oz pea pods (snow peas or sugar snap peas) ends trimmed
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts* chopped
  • 2 medium sized avocados chopped


  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil



  1. Combine minced garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, sugar, pepper, rice vinegar, and olive oil in jar. Secure lid and shake vigorously until well combined.

    Ingredients for Wild Rice Chicken Salad

Chicken and Rice Salad

  1. Combine cooked rice, lemon, shredded chicken breast, green onions, diced red pepper and snow peas in a large bowl. Combine dressing into mixture. Refrigerate overnight, or up to 24 hours.

    Chicken Wild Rice Step 1
  2. Before serving mix in diced avocado and chopped pecans.

    Chicken Wild Rice Salad Recipe

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Recipe Notes


*original recipe calls for toasted pecans.

You can use any type of rice you'd like for this recipe, you can even substitute quinoa. You can also use a seasoned rice box for extra flavor.

For chicken you can cook however you'd like, I prefer to cook mine in my instant pot by adding 1 cup water, and placing chicken breasts in a single layer over trivet with simple spices likes salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook on high pressure for 10-15 minutes, depending on thickness and let it natural release for 5 minutes. You could also use rotisserie chicken for this recipe if that suites you better. 

This makes a great meal prep lunch. Simply divide into meal prep containers and add avocado and pecans to each portion before eating.

Nutrition Facts
Santa Rosa Valley Chicken Wild Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 284
% Daily Value*
Fat 31.6g49%
Saturated Fat 4.9g31%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 261mg11%
Potassium 563mg16%
Carbohydrates 14.5g5%
Fiber 5.6g23%
Sugar 3.5g4%
Protein 21.5g43%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.