Wild Rice, Spinach and Avocado Salad with Sesame Dressing

I have a ton of recipes pinned to try on Pinterest.  It had been awhile since I had tried a new one, so I plucked this up and tried it.  This lovely salad comes from Zizi’s Adventures.  She has a beautiful blog full of yummy recipes like this one.  It looked so good I had to try it.  It tasted AMAZING!  We actually made it twice since the first batch disappeared quickly.  I tripled the recipe and changed a few things the second time around.

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This recipe has all my favorite ingredients.  In my world, avocados make everything better.  The original recipe called to cook the greens and garlic, but I like them raw better so that is how I did mine.

Wild Rice, Spinach and Avocado Salad with Sesame Dressing

Wild Rice, Spinach and Avocado Salad with Sesame Dressing

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 1 hr



    • 4-5 big bunches of baby spinach chopped (you can do kale as well)
    • 1 1/2 cups wild rice (cooked)
    • 3 avocados sliced
    • 2 cups or 1 can white beans (soak overnight and then cook until soft)
    • 2-3 cloves garlic minced or 2 tsp garlic powder
    • salt to taste


    • 6 T toasted sesame oil
    • 3 T rice vinegar
    • 3 T soy sauce or bragg's aminos
    • Juice of 1 lemon


    1. Cook the rice and let cool. I actually did this the day before. Same with the beans if using dried beans.
    2. In a large bowl, add rice, beans, avocado, garlic and spinach and mix well.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk the ingredients for the dressing.
    4. Pour dressing in the large bowl and mix well until everything is combined.


    Recipe Notes

    I found the best way to do this was with my hands. This dish is best eaten fresh, but will still be delicious the next day. I makes about 5-6 servings. Enjoy!

    Adapted from Zizi's Adventures

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    22 thoughts to “Wild Rice, Spinach and Avocado Salad with Sesame Dressing”

    1. I can't wait to try it! Just wondering if you can eat this as a main? Also, can you eat all types of spinach raw? Thanks! :)
      1. I did eat it as a main dish. There is plenty of protein with the rice and beans added. I eat spinach raw most of the time so I think it's okay. :)
        1. I made this today!! Had it as a side, so didn't use rice or beans. Sprinkled some nuts and seeds on it, had it with lemon juice dressing and added some raw peppers for some colour and crunch. Thanks for the inspiration and getting me back into eating salads/raw veg! :D
    2. I made this last week with a pre made salad from Trader Joe's (has spinach, chard and kale SOOOOO GOOD), left out beans and it was SMASHING!!!! Last night I only had kale, still no beans and added semi steamed broccoli... Omg! I've died and gone to heaven with this salad of yours!!!! The combinations are endless and adjusting it to suit tastes is soooooo easy! Thank you so much!
    3. I made this last night as my main dish and used olive oil instead of sesame oil by mistake. It was still really good and potentially my favorite recipe I've tried from here so far! I'll have to try it again, but make it the right way :)
    4. Yum, Yum, Yum! Made this for dinner last night and it was delish! Didn't have time for the wild rice to cook so the first helping I added shredded carrots. Second helping I heated up TJ's frozen quinoa w/ zucchini & sweet potato. Both versions were amazing. Love this!

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