Summer Salad Recipes: Bean and Wild Rice Salad

If you are hosting a Summer BBQ or picnic, finding summer salad recipes that will stand the heat are a must. I recently had to make this Bean and wild rice salad for my daughter’s school and knew immediately it would be the perfect summer salad for any occasion. If you don’t like beans, move on from this recipe and check out our Panzanella salad or our Watermelon Salad.

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The only cooking is the wild rice. I had a tough time finding it but found small boxes of wild rice at Kroger. Simply black strains of rice, not a wild rice mixture. I am sure either would work.

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The rest of the ingredients, come mostly from cans so there is not much prep. I doubled the recipe as I needed to make dinner for another family at the same time, and it was easily done.

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While the rice is warm, be sure to add the dressing, it seems to absorb so much easier. I made it recipe in a dressing carafe for ease of mixing but a bowl and whisk would work too.

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Add everything to a bowl and mix! How easy is that. The flavors will meld the longer they sit so be sure to make this at least 5 hours before serving.

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Wild Rice and Bean Salad

Yield: 8- 10 Side Dish servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Wild Rice and Bean Salad is the perfect make-ahead salad for a crowd. Beans and wild rice


  • 1 10-oz. pkg. f 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 15.8-oz. can great northern beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 4.5-oz. can Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1/2 cup celery, 1 medium stalk. sliced
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients; stir gently to combine.
  2. 2 In small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients; mix well.
  3. 3 Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 1mgSodium 307mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 7gSugar 2gProtein 8g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

Be sure to check out these other great summer salad recipes:

We love Greek Salad and Feeding Big makes a yummy one.

This Spanish Summer Salad is a great pasta salad option from Homemade By Elle.

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This Apple Cole Slaw Salad looks great for a grilled meats from Wondermom Wannabe.

This summer salad with Garden Vegetables from Organized31 looks tasty and filling as well.

What is your favorite Summer Salad Recipe? 

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  1. Another fantastic salad! You ladies definitely made a wonderful roundup of salads 🙂
    I can’t chose now… 🙂
    Wild rice and beans sound terrific to me. Healthy and tasty!

  2. Def adding chicken to this and making it next week! Looks so yummy!

  3. Def adding some chicken to this and making it next week! Looks so yummy!

  4. I can’t wait to try your salad recipe. I am a big fan of black beans and green chilis. I know my family will enjoy it as much as I will.

  5. This looks so good, and it helps me to have recipes like this in hand because there are days that I want to eat a salad with my juices..

  6. Wow. You’re photos make this salad so appealing and yummy. Definitely will have to give it a try soon.

  7. I have been on a kick for things with a little spice lately and this salad would satisfy the craving. I love the addition of green chilies. This salad would make a great side or main dish! I will have to give it a try. Pinning for later!

  8. That would be a great recipe to make and bring to fourth of July parties. I like that by using canned goods most of the work is done for me.

  9. That looks awesome!
    We are having a BBQ this weekend so I’m adding this salad and the Greek one to my list.
    Can’t wait for that first bite!

  10. Thanks for this recipe! It looks like just the thing for a summer BBQ side dish! I love anything with wild rice!

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