Red chard, wild rice salad with red pepper, parsley, mushrooms and almonds

A darkly coloured, but brightly flavoured salad that combines a number of textures. Shown here with sliced tofu in a simple peanut sauce.


1t coarse sea salt divided in quarters
2T of cooking oil, divided
2T of olive oil
2T of lemon, divided
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup wild rice
1 large red pepper, cored, 1/2″ slices
3 scallions, minced (reserve 3-4″ of green for garnish)
1T fresh garlic, minced
100g cremini mushrooms, 1/4″ slices
1/4 cup of slivered almonds
2T tamari, divided
1T of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
4 cups packed red chard
1 cup packed flat leaf parsley (reserve a few leaves for garnish)


In a pan with a lid, bring the stock and 1/4t of sea salt to a light boil.
Add the wild rice, cover and simmer on low until all the stock is absorbed (about 45 minutes).
While the wild rice cooks, make the rest of the salad.
Stem the chard leaves, tear the leaves and trim and dice the stems (1/2″ dice).
Chop the parsley coarsely.
Toss in a large bowl.
In a frying pan, bring 1T of cooking oil to heat on medium-high with 1/4t of sea salt.
Saute the red pepper for 3-5 minutes (until it’s a nice bright red).
Deglaze the pan with lemon juice and add the red pepper to the chard and parsley.
Toss to combine.
Bring the remaining 1T of cooking oil to heat on medium-high with 1/4t of sea salt.
Saute the scallions for 2 minutes.
Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
Add the mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes.
Add the almonds, tamari and garlic, reduce heat to medium and cook for another 5 minutes or until the pan is starting to dry but still moist.
Remove from heat, add the nutritional yeast.
Toss to combine.
Add the mushrooms to the chard and parsley.
Toss to combine.
When the wild rice is cooked, add it to the bowl.
Toss to combine.
Whisk 2T of olive oil, 1T of lemon juice, 1T of tamari and 1/4t of coarse sea salt.
Dress the salad and serve garnished with a little sliced scallion green and parsley.

Red kale, kamut and wild rice salad

With sun-dried tomatoes and pumpkin seeds, this salad offers a lot of texture, colour, and nutrition — either as a side dish or a light lunch. Kamut is a relative of wheat. Similar in some respect to orzo, it plumps up when cooked.


3 cups vegetable stock
1/4t coarse sea salt
2/3 cup kamut
1/3 cup wild rice
2T sun-dried tomatoes, diced
4 cups packed red kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2T olive oil
1T lemon juice
2T nutritional yeast
Sea salt and black pepper to taste


Bring the stock and the sea salt to a light boil in a small sauce pan with a lid.
Add the kamut, cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.*
Add the wild rice, cover and simmer for another 45 minutes or until the moisture has been absorbed.
Remove from heat.
Add the remaining ingredients except for the nutritional yeast.
Stir until until well-combined.
Cover and let stand 10 minutes to wilt the kale.
Toss with nutritional yeast, season to taste and serve.

*If you prefer, soak the kamut overnight, and then just cook the kamut and wild rice together, reducing the stock to 2 1/2 cups.