Blackberry Vinaigrette Wild Rice Salad

This hearty, filling wild rice salad is dressed with a blackberry vinaigrette, and full of delicious fresh vegetables. The great thing about this Blackberry Vinaigrette recipe is that you can use fresh or frozen Oregon blackberries – so you can make it any time of year! Not feeling the kale? Use another, softer green! Not into wild rice? Try quinoa! Or even orzo! Add cherry tomatoes! Add shredded chicken! Add FRESH berries! GO WILD!

Recipe by Mary of thekitchenpaper.com

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Ingredients

For the Blackberry Vinaigrette

1 C fresh or frozen Blackberries
1/3 C olive oil
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1 pinch kosher salt
1/2 t fresh ground pepper
1 T fresh marjoram leaves

For the Salad

3 C broth
1 1/2 C wild rice
4 C chopped kale (I prefer lacinato)
4 carrots, shaved into ribbons
2 C asparagus (1″ segments), uncooked
3/4 C crumbled ricotta salata
1 C micro greens
1/2 C pepitas

Preparation

Step 1
To prepare the vinaigrette, combine the blackberries, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and marjoram in a vessel big enough to use an immersion blender in. (Alternatively, use a normal blender). Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust as needed (if you want more tang, add more vinegar, etc.). Set aside.

Step 2
Cook the wild rice in the broth until fully cooked and soft. While the rice is cooking, prepare the remaining vegetables.

Step 3
To cook the asparagus, add them to a hot, non-stick pan without oil. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until bright green with a few dark charred spots.

Step 4 
To assemble the salad, toss all of the remaining ingredients together, along with as much blackberry vinaigrette as you’d like (coat it all!).