Roasted Pumpkin & Wild Rice Salad

Updated On: May 14, 2024

A simple Roasted Pumpkin & Wild Rice Salad that is packed with nutrients and flavor. This salad makes a great side dish or as a main dinner salad. Just top with grilled protein or serve it as is.

wild rice salad with roasted pumpkin

During the holidays we are all filling our carts with food and gifts and decorations to create the best season of giving ever for our family and friends.  I know that I, personally, don’t stop and think of others around the world during the holidays and their inability to put food on the table, presents under the tree or buy that special gift for a loved one in their family.  There are many countries where people don’t have the luxuries I have and will most likely be hungry or without shelter during the holiday season.  Yes, I know…there are many that will be hungry right here on US soil as well, and rest assured, I will be donating to my local food bank to help those in my community.

About World Vision USA

I was recently contacted by World Vision  USA regarding their holiday catalog.  You have probably seen the commercials on TV where you can sponsor a child in Sri Lanka or India , to name a couple.  They also have a beautiful catalog where you can purchase farm animals, wells for drinking water and even housing for families in need.  If your not sure whether to gift a chicken or a goat, you can also make a donation and receive a hand crafted item specially made just for World Vision.  Take for instance these gorgeous hand carved olive wood servings spoons.

handmade goods from World Vision USA

Here’s what World Vision has to say about the spoons:

Help where it’s needed most … AND get a gift for yourself or someone you care about! With your gift of $65 or more to our Maximum Impact Fund — which provides for the unique needs of children and families worldwide — you will receive this beautiful set of two hand-carved serving spoons delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Each one is unique—just like the children they help.

World Vision Gift Catalog

I have known about World Vision for many years and have always thought “we should sponsor a child or gift a farm animal”, but that has never happened, well until this year.  At a recent family dinner we sat and discussed how it would make us feel to help another family far away feed themselves by giving them resources, such as farm animals.  To my surprise, my children were excited about it – demanding that we do it, actually.  So this year we will set aside money that we would’ve spent on frivolous or unnecessary items and help a much needed family by providing them a farm animal or 2.  I have to say that even just typing that made my heart sing.  It’s a good feeling.  You should try it.  🙂

World Vision asked if I would help spread the word about their Gift Catalog  and in return they would send me the serving spoons AND give a set away to one of my readers.  This really is a fantastic organization and I think not enough people know they exist, so I proudly agreed to help.

Roasted Pumpkin & Wild Rice Salad

A delicious salad of roasted pumpkin chunks mixed with wild rice and snap peas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 3 Servings


For the Roasted Pumpkin:

For the Wild Rice:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup black wild rice rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag

For the Mushrooms & Snap Peas:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 large mushrooms cut into large pieces
  • 14 snap peas ends trimmed and cut in half
  • 3 fresh sage leaves minced
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs leaves only
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Iberico cheese rind removed, cubed


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add the diced pumpkin, olive oil, salt & pepper and crushed red pepper flakes to a rimmed baking sheet and toss with your hands. Spread the squash around so they are not on top of one another. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes, or until fork tender. Remove and set aside.
  • In a medium pot, add the water and bring to a boil. Add the salt, rice and tea bag and return to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer for 45 minutes, or until rice is cooked through and no longer chewy. Remove from heat and add to a large bowl and add the cooked squash.
  • In a medium skillet set over high heat, add the teaspoon of olive oil, mushrooms, snap peas, sage & thyme and season with salt and pepper. Saute until the mushrooms have just started to brown. Add to the rice and pumpkin mixture.
  • In a small glass jar, add the 3 T olive oil, 1 T balsamic vinegar, 2 t Dijon and season with salt & pepper to taste. Shake vigorously to combine. Pour over the rice mixture and add the Iberico cheese. Toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.


Calories: 543kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 17gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 1496mgPotassium: 909mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 2349IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 274mgIron: 3mg
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Disclaimer: I was provided a set of the spoons to review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post.  

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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  2. britathere says:

    I love wild rice in salads and this one looks great! I sponsor World Vision every year-Love their cause and sorry I misssed the giveaway 🙂

  3. Cassie Laemmli (@BakeYourDay) says:

    What a great organization to highlight! Those serving utensils are beautiful too. And this salad- I love it. The combination of flavors is right up my alley!

  4. Cindy Brickley says:

    I would give the Unity Knot necklace to (?) it is a secret. I love this organization, they do so many wonderful things for the kids. I love the work that they do, everything is so unique and beautiful and those wooden spoons would be proudly hanging on my kitchen wall. i love them

  5. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    We are all so very blessed. I remind myself daily. We have sponsored kids before, and just last year our kids and their cousins gave up buying gifts for each other, and started putting money towards a purpose such as this. They love to buy animals for people in need! It’s been such a good thing for the kids to be aware of, and to contribute to. Very lovely post and salad AND set of spoons!

  6. fabiola@notjustbaked says:

    What a beautiful dish and loving giveaway. It needs as much attention as Santa gets, so thank you for sharing with us.

  7. Looks like a delicious salad to me! Great giveaway by a wonderful organization!

  8. Milisa Armstrong (@missnthekitchen) says:

    Very inspiring! Plus that is a gorgeous salad, wild rice is my favorite.

  9. Hani Bacova says:

    You and your family are wonderful.
    I’ve been helping with MAW foundation project for last 2 years and It has really opened my eyes, it feels really good to help. Bless you.

    This salad looks wonderful, in fact I think you inspired me to go and cook me some, too.

  10. Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love World Vision, such a wonderful organization! Roasted pumpkin is one of my favorites, what a great salad!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Roasted pumpkin is my fave too. I was fortunate to have an old farm neighbor bring me 2 giant Kabocha’s I still have half of one left…time for more roasting. 🙂 Thanks for commenting Laura!

  11. Cookin' Canuck says:

    This is a wonderful post! I sponsored several children through World Vision over the years and they really are a fantastic organization. Those spoons are gorgeous! And your salad? Well, that’s the kind of comfort dish I’d be happy to serve at least once a week.

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      They really are a great organization Dara. That’s great that you’ve sponsored children before. We are looking forward to gifting this year. The salad was delish…my hubs said “Black rice and pumpkin” then turned up his nose. After lunch he proclaimed that I could make that anytime. Men! 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  12. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says:

    I am truly blessed- great post!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Thank you Elizabeth and thanks for popping by!!

  13. Can’t wait to make the salad, and what a fabulous giveaway!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Let me know how you liked it Julie!! Thanks for stopping in.

  14. Donna Currie says:

    Pretty salad!

  15. Suzanne Offner says:

    Lovely giveaway and a worthy cause. That salad looks wonderful, too.

  16. Carole Resnick says:

    Thanks for the giveaway

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Thanks for commenting Carole!

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