Mediterranean Wild Rice Salad (Instant Pot Recommended)

Wild rice grain bowl goodness. Use the Instant Pot to cut the cooking time way down.

Mediterranean Wild Rice Salad

Wild rice is filled with protein and is an antioxidant powerhouse. The earthiness of this rice is balanced by flavors of lemon, pomegranate and tangy goat cheese. Mix up the ingredients with the seasons – this works beautifully with ripe tomatoes and feta in the summer and dried cranberries and cheddar in the winter. 

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Mediterranean Wild Rice Salad

Mediterranean Wild Rice Salad
The earthiness of this rice is balanced by flavors of lemon, pomegranate and tangy goat cheese. 
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Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Diet Gluten Free, Vegetarian


  • 2 cups wild rice rinsed and drained
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils or dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios roughly chopped
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese


  • Combine the rice, water and kosher salt in the inner pot
  • Cover, lock the lid, and flip the steam release handle to the sealing position.
  • Select Pressure Cook (high) and set the cook time for 10 minutes. When the cook time is complete, all the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, and then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the lid. Transfer the cooked rice to a large bowl to cool slightly
  • Add the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, pomegranate arils, celery and pistachios to the bowl. Toss gently.
  • Transfer to serving bowls and sprinkle goat cheese over top of each serving. Serve warm.


Excerpted from Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook reprinted by permission of Alpha, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2018 by Dana Angelo White


Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 9gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 178mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3g
Keyword mediterranean salad, wild rice salad
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