Tuesday, January 30, 2018

{Recipe} Winter Rice Salad

I made this hearty Winter Rice Salad over the Christmas holidays and it kept getting better, the longer it sat in the fridge.  It was nice to have a healthy, quick meal to grab and go during the busy holiday rush.   It's incredibly versatile and many substitutions can be made to tailor this salad the way you like it.
3 cups cooked rice (brown and wild are a good combo)
1 bag of cut up kale (remove stems and rip into small pieces)
1 orange
1 red apple (or pear), diced
7-8 green onions, chopped 
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 parsnip (or carrot) shredded
1 can chickpeas (or beans of choice)
1/4-1/2 cup vegan mayo
2 TBS Dijon mustard
1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
1/2 cup pecans/walnuts (optional)
salt & pepper

To make:
  • Add ripped pieces of kale into a large bowl and massage the kale a little
  • Add hot cooked rice to kale and put a lid on the bowl to steam the kale(if your rice isn't hot, just keep massaging the kale a little longer)
  • Shred parsnip in the food processor or on a grater, add to bowl
  • Chop green onions and add to bowl with lid
  • Chop apple into small dice
  • Chop celery into small dice
  • Add apples and celery to bowl and remove lid
  • Add mayo and mustard, stir all of the ingredients and add a little salt & pepper (optional). Taste and adjust, adding more seasonings, mayo or mustard if necessary
  • Juice the orange over the bowl, starting with half of the orange.  Stir to combine, tasting/testing to see if you need more orange juice
  • Zest the orange and add to bowl
  • Add chickpeas and optional dried cranberries (you could also add some pecans or walnuts here). Stir to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Keeps well in fridge and gets better the longer it sits. 

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Carla from The River said...

I pinned! Yummy!

Tamar SB said...

Oo tasty!!

Barefoot by the Sea said...

I need to make this, looks fantastic! I finally made Chickpea Tuna today - it was delicious. I'm getting my kitchen mojo back! It's been a long month!

Creations By Cindy said...

Dang this looks good. I just pinned it. How long do you think it will keep in frig? I love stuff like this. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

This salad sounds so good and healthy and I would love to make this sometime soon!!

likeschocolate said...

Ok! I am totally going to make this as I am so tired of eating the same things. Yummy! thanks for the recipe.

Claire Justine said...

This looks tasty and healthy :) I could just try some for lunch Heather.

Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Link Up. Hope you can join me today :)

Laura Everyday Edits said...

Oh i am pinning this one! thanks heather! laura

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Heather, this salad sounds so good and healthy.
Thanks for sharing it at C&C with J&J.
Enjoy the week.
Julie xo

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