Wild Rice Salad with Smoked Fish

Recipe: Wild Rice Salad with Smoked Fish

Makes : 4 to 6 servings | Main Dishes , Salads/Sides Dairy Free
Depending on the brand, a cup of raw, wild rice can yield anywhere from 2 3/4 to 4 cups of cooked wild rice. This particular recipe is based on 4 cups of cooked rice. (You can always add less dressing if you end up with a lower quantity of rice.) Smoked trout tastes absolutely delicious in this salad, but if it's hard to find you can use smoked salmon with great success. Since smoked fish can be expensive, I only called for a single 4-ounce package, but add up to 8 ounces for a more substantial salad.


  • 1 cup wild rice, thoroughly rinsed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 4 ounces (or more) smoked salmon or trout (skin removed), flaked
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


  • In a medium pot, combine the rice with 3 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until tender, about 45 minutes. (Remove a piece and taste it. Some of the rice will start to burst open.) Drain any excess water from the rice and then transfer it to a large bowl. (The rice can be made ahead. Refrigerate it, covered, for up to 2 days.)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, black pepper, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the olive oil slowly, whisking to form a vinaigrette. Add the celery, green onions, golden raisins, and smoked fish to the bowl with the wild rice. Stir the dressing and add it to the salad along with the dill. Toss gently with a spatula to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  1. marianne says:

    Perfect timimg..my husband just made some smoked trout and smoked salmon!!!!!!

  2. marianne says:

    Love your book and website….I grew up outside of Portland,now live west of Salem……sometimes our fishing is at Costco ha ha…..but my husband makes his own smoker chips and brine…..so yummmy

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