Every week I prepare one giant salad for my weekday lunches. I’ve been determined to eat healthier and shed off those extra pounds; prepping my salad ingredients at the beginning of the week has been one successful way of doing so. Of course, this also means that I have to make one great salad so I won’t get bored with it by day 2. I’ve done at least ten different salads by now and wanted something different so I went with a kale and wild rice bowl for this week instead. This bowl doesn’t have as many leafy greens as a salad would, but the flavors from the fruits and toasted almond dressing really make this salad flavorful. Toss together sauteed kale with fresh apples, muscat grapes, toasted almonds, and crumbled feta with wild rice for a healthy but very satisfying meal!

kale and wild rice bowl
kale and wild rice bowl
kale and wild rice bowl
kale and wild rice bowl

Serves 4


Kale and wild rice bowl

30 minTotal Time

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    Almond vinaigrette
  • 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Salad
  • 1 cup wild rice and brown rice blend
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1 cup muscat grapes, halved
  • 1 large Fuji apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta


  1. Prepare vinaigrette. Combine almonds, vinegar, and honey in a blender and blend until chopped. While the blender is running, slowly add the olive oil, creating an emulsion. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Combine rice and water in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce to a simmer over medium-low. Cook until rice is tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add chopped kale and saute until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Toss together cooked rice with kale, almonds, grapes, apple, feta, and vinaigrette. Portion into 4 bowls. Serve.

**Helpful tips and common mistakes

What’s great about this kale and wild rice bowl is that you can throw everything together and just reheat it when serving later in the week. Make a large batch on Sunday and you’ll be set for the whole week!

This bowl is not particularly difficult to prepare since there isn’t much cooking required. When sauteing the kale, keep the fire on low and take your time. Kale is a tough bitter green and needs time to soften up.

For the rice, I used brown rice and wild rice, but you can stick to just brown rice. As for the grapes, I threw in some muscat grapes, an intensely sweet and juicy grape. If you’re not a fan of feta, use goat cheese or brie. As long as it’s creamy, it’ll do the job!

Serve this bowl as is or top it with chicken, beef or shrimp for those meat-lovers. kale and wild rice bowl


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