Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Head over hills, forks over knives, miso over sugar — I am in love with this new salad.

Is it a life-changing concept? Not really. A new food revelation? Maybe.  A new salad recipe? For sure. A cool dressing idea? Bingo.

I recently pinterested a recipe idea that mildly shocked my imagination. Miso in a dressing? Intrigued, I could not drive fast enough to Whole Foods to get the key ingredients… Wild rice. Check. Tofu. Check. Edamame. Check. Miso. Check. Garlic… I paused to contemplate the pros and cons of having garlic breath during the design meeting with my team the following morning. Out went the garlic, in went the ginger.

Got home.  Loosely followed the recipe. Took a bite and stopped… Wow! “If I take another bite”, I thought to myself, “I might not have dinner for tonight.”

It was GOOD. Really good. Drop-dead amazingly good. Different. Colorful. Textured. Layered. Spicy. Salty. Sweet.  All at the same time.  A recipe of the year, for sure! Made it six times since the discovery – still get butterflies every time I try it.  And the dressing is the best part; so innovative – it already made its way into many of my old favorites: sauteed vegetables, sushi and wraps.

Wild Rice Salad Bowl in the making

Wild Rice Salad Bowl in the making

Wild Rice Salad Bowl in the making

Wild Rice Salad Bowl in the making

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Adapted from Sprouted Kitchen (who just published a cookbook)

Ingredients

Salad

Dressing

Directions

  1. Rinse the rice. Bring two cups water to a boil. Add the rice, turn the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed (about 35-40 minutes), adding a bit more water if necessary to finish cooking. You will see a tuft of white pop from the center.
  2. Optional step: If you like chewier tofu, freeze it a day before and defrost in the fridge on the day of cooking.
  3. Wrap the tofu between a few layers of paper towel or a dish cloth and set it aside to drain for 10-15 minutes. Cut it into a 1/2” dice. Heat the coconut oil over medium high heat (I love the crust I get in a seasoned cast iron pan). Add the tofu and saute for about five minutes. Sprinkle the tamari and a few grinds of fresh pepper over the top and saute another few minutes until the edges are browned. Turn off heat and set aside.
  4. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the rice, tofu, sliced carrots, edamame. Toss everything with the dressing. Add the sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and cilantro and give it another toss. Serve room temperature or chilled.
Notes: make a big batch and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make extra dressing and use it over any salads.
Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

 

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wine Pairing

Textured Ama no To Heaven’s Door Saké isn’t too sweet as far as Sake go and has enough depth and earthiness in the background to stand up to the pungent ginger in the dressing and tamari in the tofu.

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

Wild Rice Salad Bowl with Miso Dressing

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  • Kate May 3, 2012, 8:00 PM

    What an inspiring blog! I love your pictures and recipes. I am also a foodie, but just starting out blogging.

  • SmallKitchens May 3, 2012, 8:01 PM

    Hello there….just found your site…TOTALLY addicted!!! Wow, cant wait to look back on your other recipes…new follower!!!

  • Lena May 3, 2012, 8:03 PM

    I have just put miso, edamame and extra firm tofu on my shopping list for tomorrow.

  • Cucee May 3, 2012, 8:04 PM

    Ah – thank you, Kate

  • cooking May 4, 2012, 3:38 AM

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have bookmarked your site to check out the new stuff you post.

  • Lorii Abela May 25, 2012, 3:13 PM

    Wow!.. Love all the photos that you have shared. Might as well try this recipe. :)

  • Alla August 1, 2016, 11:35 AM

    Best salad ever!!! Thanks for the recipe, cucee

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