Wild Rice Salad With Mushrooms, Celery Root, and Pine Nuts Recipe

This easy wild rice salad (or dressing, or stuffing) is deeply savory and earthy, thanks to sautéed mushrooms, celery root, and toasted pine nuts.

Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Cooking rice in stock imbues it with deeper flavor.
  • Celery root adds additional earthiness to an already earthy cast of mushrooms and pine nuts.

Wild rice, an earthy grain native to the Americas, gets an earthy treatment in this easy salad with sautéed mushrooms, celery root, and toasted pine nuts. An optional dose of dried mushrooms and stock for cooking the rice adds even more savory depth to the salad, perfect for an autumnal Thanksgiving table.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 75 mins
Serves: 6 to 10 servings

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  • 14 ounces wild rice (about 2 1/3 cups; 396g)

  • Chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water, for cooking the rice (see note)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil

  • 10 ounces (280g) cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced

  • 1 ounce (30g) dried mushrooms, such as porcini, soaked in boiling water, then drained, squeezed, and chopped (optional)

  • 4 sprigs thyme

  • One 12-ounce (340g) medium celery root, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 1/3 cups diced)

  • One 8-ounce (225g) yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • Two 2-ounce (55g) ribs celery, diced

  • 3 ounces (85g) pine nuts, toasted

  • 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley leaves and tender stems

  • 2 tablespoons minced chives

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) apple cider vinegar, or to taste


  1. In a large pot, combine wild rice with enough stock and/or water to cover by at least 2 inches. Season lightly with salt. Bring to a simmer, then continue to cook at a simmer until rice grows tender and many of the grains have ruptured, about 50 minutes; add more water at any point as needed to keep the rice covered.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over high heat until shimmering. Add fresh and soaked dried mushrooms (if using) and thyme sprigs and cook, stirring, until mushrooms are golden, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Lower heat to medium and add celery root, onion, and celery, and continue cooking, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the skillet, until vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Discard thyme sprigs.

  4. Using a fine-mesh strainer, drain wild rice well. Transfer to a large bowl and mix with the mushrooms and vegetables. Stir in pine nuts, parsley, and chives. Add the vinegar 1 tablespoon at a time until the salad has a subtle brightness, but not an obvious tang. Season once more with salt and pepper, if needed, then serve warm or at room temperature.


You need enough liquid to cover the rice sufficiently, the exact amount of which will depend on the dimensions of your pot; if using stock, 1 or 2 quarts (1 or 2 liters) will be sufficient, as you can always top it up with additional water as needed.

Make-Ahead and Storage

The wild rice salad can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheated, covered, in a moderate oven.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
284 Calories
12g Fat
39g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 284
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 291mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 502mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)