Persimmon Wild Rice Salad and Maple Dressing

A healthy Thanksgiving side to compliment your turkey
wild rice salad

Photo courtesy of Haley Whitley.

A salad is the perfect option for a healthy Thanksgiving side because throwing together nutrient-rich ingredients has never been so easy and delicious. Pair this with lean turkey and you have the perfect combination of protein, fiber, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.


For the dressing:

  • 1/3  Cup  olive oil
  • 3  Tablespoons  maple syrup
  • 2  Tablespoons  apple cider vinegar
  • 2  Tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 1  Tablespoon  shallot, minced
  • 1  Teaspoon  fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  pepper

For the salad:

  • 3  Cups  cooked wild rice
  • 4-6  Cups  arugula
  • Fuyu persimmon
  • 1/4  Cup  shelled pistachios
  • 1/3  Cup  maple dressing


For the dressing:

Combine all the dressing ingredients together in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously. Store in the pantry.

For the salad:

Toss the salad ingredients together and add the dressing.  

Persimmon Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Persimmon Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.