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Green Rice Salad

Green Rice Salad

This gorgeous rice salad gets its vibrant green color and lively flavor from fresh herbs. It’s a nice change from pasta salad, and offers some whole grain goodness in the form of brown rice. It is pretty much perfect as is, but is also a great way to use up any extra odds and ends in your crisper drawer that might not have much of a future elsewhere.

Rice Salad
1 cup cooked long-grain brown rice
1 cup cooked long-grain white rice
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1 to 1 and 1/2 cup fresh herbs, minced (parley, cilantro, oregano, tarragon, basil, etc)
1/2 cup grated white cheddar or asiago cheese
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/3 cup pine nuts
Shredded lettuce
Sprig of fresh herbs

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 and 1/2 tablespoon minced green onions
1 tablespoon minced parsley
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon honey or other natural sweetener
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Toss all the vinaigrette ingredients together. Toss with the warm rice and then let cool.

2. Toss in onions, herbs, cheese, peas, and nuts.

3. Serve on shredded lettuce, and garnish with fresh herbs.

Makes 1 and 1/2 quarts.

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Adapted from Tassajara Cookbook: Lunches, Picnics & Appetizers by Karla Oliveira (Gibbs Smith, 2007).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:11AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Delicious.Thanks for sharing

8:38AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012


6:22PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Thank you!

11:41PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

This sounds heavenly, thanks for posting.

2:48AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

12:48AM PDT on Nov 6, 2011

Thank you

1:22PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Thanks Melissa.

10:36PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Love the recipe. I will try it out. Thanks for sharing.

5:07AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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