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Fresh Spring Vegetable Rice Salad

Fresh Spring Vegetable Rice Salad

This zesty salad has big, bold flavors and inflammation-fighting nutrition, as well as satisfying flavor from exotic spices, lemon juice and fragrant sesame oil. Chickpeas, a great vegetarian source of protein, make this rice salad a complete meal, and spring vegetables add wonderfully energizing flavors, textures, and colors.


2 cups cooked basmati rice
2 cups cooked or canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
2 red, yellow, or green bell peppers, diced
2 cups 1-inch asparagus pieces, blanched
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup thinly-sliced radish
4 tablespoons freshly ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup green onions, white and green parts, chopped
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 cups chopped fresh spinach
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, for garnish

1. In a large bowl, combine the rice, garbanzos, pepper, asparagus, celery, radish, flaxseeds, green onions, and parsley.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil and lemon juice, then add the cumin, turmeric, and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Serve over a bed of spinach and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serves 4.

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Inspired by a recipe in The Fat Resistance Diet, by Leo Galland MD, Jonathan Galland (Broadway Books, 2005).

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6:22PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Thank you!

2:48AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

12:36PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Thank you

6:00AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

5:53AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:08AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Thanks for the info.

2:44AM PDT on May 1, 2010

Lovely, absolutely love asparagus and chickpeas!

1:14AM PDT on Mar 17, 2010


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