October 16, 2013

Wild Rice Fruit Salad


If you stop by Souffle Bombay often then you know that my daughter Samantha just loves to be in the kitchen.  She has since she was about 4-5 years old.  Now that she recently turned 9, she is beginning to take the lead on certain dishes and desserts.

I think I speak for both of us when I say that we truly enjoy our time together in the kitchen and we enjoy the results from our collaborations.  We are (and have) created some lasting memories and I just adore that!
We have been trying out different accents while we cook, depending on what culture the dish hails from - my husband and son think we are nuts!!

Samantha and I have a favor to ask of you...we both know time is valuable...but this is for a great cause!
She needs your vote.

Recently, she entered this years Uncle Ben's Rice Challenge and is attempting to win a ton of money - $30K to be exact - for her school to help in a much needed cafeteria makeover.

In her words "I want to be the hero of my school"

Take a look at the video she submitted - she did it in one take.  I was very proud of her.  We had no plan, we just "wung" it.  Well except for what she said she wanted to do at the end...knucklehead!

Samantha looked over the suggested recipes to recreate from the Uncle Ben's site and told me she wanted to make something different.  While strolling through our farmers market, she was drawn to the pomegranate seeds that the fruit & veggie vendor has already pulled out from the fruit.  She grabbed them and a bag of clementines and said she was going to use them in her recipe...I helped her with the rest of the idea and do you know what...this dish was ABSOLUTELY delicious!  Really!!

I seriously don't think I would have ever looked at it and thought, hmmm I want to eat that  (my sister said the same exact thing) but MAN is it good!!  Especially when eaten warm!  This is a keeper and will be out at our next gathering for sure!

You can vote once every 24 hours from now through October 27th.  If she is in the top 4 she gets to appear on Rachel Ray...something which is exciting her greatly.  I have had my fingers and toes crossed for her for a week!

So if you have ever enjoyed a recipe from here or you just want to give a gal a chance can we please have your vote??  We BOTH love ya for it!!

Here is the link to the video and where you vote - just check the box and if you like, leave a comment.

Thanks SO much!!

If you make this, let us know what you thought, I know Samantha would be thrilled to hear :)

Now on to the recipe!!

Wild Rice Fruit Salad 

1-6 oz box of Uncle Ben's Wild Rice, cooked according to directions
1 cup clementine segments
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Cook the rice according to package directions, allow the rice to cool for 5 minutes.  Place the rice in a bowl and add in your clementine pieces, cranberries, scallions and pomegranate seeds (or your favorite fruits) and toss to combine.

Honey-Clementine Dressing

2 TBS white or rice wine vinegar
2 TBS honey
2 TBS olive oil

2  teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 TBS fresh squeezed clementine juice
Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, seal, shake vigorously and pour over your salad.  Add as little or as much as you like.  Toss well.

This salad can be served warm or at room temperature.  

Colleen's Notes: Since my daughter was "driving" this recipe, we didn't add any garlic or shallots to the vinaigrette, If this was just for me...I might have done that - your call.  You can of course customize the sweetness or lack thereof it's up to your taste preference.



  1. I voted! This looks absolutely delish! So cool that you have a daughter who shares your love of cooking. Tell her I will be trying this recipe. :)

  2. Thank you Krista from the both of us!! She will be excited to hear what you thought!!

  3. I love all the bright colors! Yummy! Great job Samantha.

  4. Good luck to her! And this salad looks AWESOME.

  5. You know she has my vote : )
    This looks very pretty!

  6. I will definitely go vote, this sounds great Samantha...well done. I'm not sure I can buy clementines in my part of the country right now but I'll wing it with something.

    1. Thank you!! Samantha said oranges or tangerines...however maybe the mandarin oranges in a can?

  7. babe is attempting to go grain free, but this looks so yummy i might try it for lunch one day while hes at work!

  8. I voted - and I definitely want to try this! It looks so yummy!

    1. Thanks so much for your vote!! Hope you do try the dish, it's so good!

  9. I recently discovered that you can mix orange and balsamic, and now you've got me all interested in clementine and rice vinegar. Nice!

  10. I voted. Love the mixture of ingredients and the pretty colors. I hope she wins.

  11. Voted! That is so different - I'll put that recipe on my TBM (To Be Made) list!

    1. Thanks, we hope you love it as much as we do!

  12. That actually IS something I'd eat! I love rice with savory and sweet ingredients. She's a true talent!

  13. I was wondering if I'm supposed to use the original rice that is seasoned or plain wild rice?

  14. Wish I've read that post earlier I just ate. But I will try this out soon. Looks so yummy :)♥