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
  • 2 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.