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Emerald City Salad

From the book Feeding the Whole Family by
Serves 6 to 8


This colorful salad was inspired by the beautiful deli salad at PCC Natural Markets, Seattle’s beloved chain of natural-foods grocery stores.


cups water, vegetable stock, or chicken stock
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. sea salt, divided
1 cup wild rice (black, ½-inch long)
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup fennel bulb (core removed), chopped
½ red or yellow bell pepper, diced
½ cup red cabbage, chopped
½ cup Italian parsley, diced
2 cups dark, leafy greens (6 to 7 leaves chard, kale, or collards), very finely chopped
~ Salt and lemon to taste
~ Pecorino or Gorgonzola cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. Bring water to a boil. Add butter, ½ teaspoon salt, and rice. Bring to a boil again, cover, lower heat, and simmer for an hour. Make sure all of the water is absorbed by tipping the pan to one side to check for pooled liquid.
  2. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt in a large serving bowl. Add fennel, bell pepper, cabbage, parsley, and greens; toss thoroughly.
  3. Once the rice is fully cooked, cool until it ceases steaming but is still warm, then place it on top of the dressed vegetables. When the rice cools to room temperature, toss it with the vegetables. Taste the salad and adjust the seasonings; some extra salt and/or lemon may be required. Garnish with cheese, if desired.

This content is from the book Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair.

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100% recommend this recipe
1. by cdziuba on Mar 21, 2008 at 11:10 AM PDT

The recipe looks fine. I’ve raised four kids. It’s super important to consistently have cut up fruit and veggies always in the fridge. They all developed healthy habits.

2. by Robyn Lundeen on Mar 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM PDT

As an Occupational Therapist working in a pediatric feeding specialty, I am always looking for healthy recipes for children and their families. When they involve chopping veggies, it is fun and exciting for children to handle, explore, and cut new foods with pizza cutters and other safe cutting tools. When young children help prepare the food they also are more willing to try EATING the food!!!


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