Black Rice Salad

Black Rice Salad

combination of black rice and brightly colored veggies makes this dish just pop on the plate
Easy | 45 MIN | 4 Servings

This is such a nice grain salad to have at any time of the year. The combination of black rice and brightly colored veggies makes this dish just pop on your plate.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice, about 3 lemons, or organic bottled lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and mashed with salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or mint
  • ½ teaspoon salt – or more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Dressing

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice, about 3 lemons, or organic bottled lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and mashed with salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or mint
  • ½ teaspoon salt – or more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ lb frozen haricot verts, cut in half
  • ½ cup frozen sweet corn
  • 1 red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, small dice
  • ¼ red onion, small dice
  • ½ bunch parsley stems removed and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped nuts: either roasted walnuts, pecans, or almonds
  • Optional: ½ cup feta – leave out or on the side for vegans

Directions

Make the rice

Start with making the rice. Put the rice in a very small pot. Add the water and a pinch of salt. Put a lid on, bring to a boil, and then turn to low so it simmers. The rice should be done in about 30 minutes at the most.

Make the dressing

While the rice is cooking make the dressing and put it into a bowl large enough to contain all the ingredients.

Prep the veggies

Prep your veggies while the rice is cooking and after you have made your dressing.

Method

Bring about 2 quarts of water to a boil and add the haricot verts. Bring back to a boil and cook to the desired consistency. Remove from the water and put into a strainer or colander to drain. Then do the same with the frozen corn

When the green beans and corn have drained, put them into a bowl with peppers, onion, cooked rice, parsley, walnuts, and if you’re not vegan, the feta.

Theme Variations

Do you follow a low sodium diet?

If so, leave the salt out of the rice and dressing and definitely no feta since that’s salty.  It will still be delicious. Enjoy!

Vegan option

Instead of feta, leave out or serve on the side for vegans.