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A variety of colorful grains and veggies.

Winter Grain Bowl with Balsamic Dressing

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


The BEST Winter Grain Bowl! Roasted root vegetables, earthy grains, dried fruit, dark leafy greens, buttery goat cheese, and lusciously creamy balsamic dressing.


  • 3 large golden or red beets, cubed
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • olive oil and salt for roasting
  • 1 cup wild rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 810 cups of shredded kale
  • 3/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup pistachios

Balsamic Dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional but deliciously creamy)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


  1. Roasted Vegetables and Wild Rice: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss beets and sweet potatoes in with a little bit of olive oil and salt. Spread on parchment-lined baking sheets. Roast for 30 minutes. Cook wild rice according the package directions.
  2. Dressing: In a blender or food processor, blend dressing ingredients together until smooth. 
    In a blender or food processor, blend dressing ingredients together until smooth. 
  3. Mix: In a large bowl, combine beets, sweet potatoes, wild rice, and dried cherries. Toss with a little bit of dressing. (This can be done ahead of time and kept in the fridge for several days.)
  4. Assemble: To serve, scoop the pre-made wild rice salad onto a pile of kale. Top with goat cheese, pistachios, and extra dressing. It’s like a delicious spa for your winter body.


For meal prepping: store sweet potatoes, beets, and wild rice together. Combine with kale, goat cheese, and pistachios, and dressing before eating. 

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grain bowl, grain salad, wild rice salad, sweet potato salad, roasted beets, goat cheese