RECIPE Wild Rice Salad with Corn, Blueberries & Almonds

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was tons o’ fun that ended with a BBQ at a friend’s beach house (wait…my apologies, my Southern friends informed me that I should be calling it a “cookout!”). One of the dishes I brought is a wild rice salad that is pretty much guaranteed to always be a hit: the combination of sweet, salty, crunchy, and tang make for a versatile side that pairs well with seafood, grilled chicken, steaks…anything goes! It’s an interpretation of a recipe from Gulfstream restaurant in Newport Beach, with a few modifications to make it even easier in my busy schedule…



Makes 4-6 side servings; Prep 20 min.


  • 1 box wild rice
  • 1 can sweet white corn
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 cup smokehouse almonds, crushed into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped



  • 2 tablespoons pear or Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch curry powder
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste



Cook wild rice according to package directions. Let cool to room temperature.

Mix all other salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add rice.

Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over rice mixture.


GREAT for summer BBQs (I mean… cookouts)!

And best of all, it was easy to let my 4-year old help me make it!

Photo by Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

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Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. Sounds like a fantastic weekend! I will be making this dish all summer long o bet. Great ingredients and seems easy enough to whip together. The blueberries must be a nice added touch I imagine.

  2. This looks and sounds delicious! I used to think that fruits didn’t belong into my lunch or dinner but were for desserts or or snacks only… but now that I know how great a hint of sweetness can be – total lifechanger! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. That sounds aaaamazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m thinking the Johnston household will have to try it out this week 😉

  4. I don’t think there’s much you can’t excel at! Cannot wait to try this one out! Yumm!

    1. Haha, thank you, but I doubt anyone would want to read about my many failures! ;o)