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Brown Rice Salad Recipe

This Brown Rice Salad recipe is easy to prepare in less than 15 minutes and full of goodness.

The combination of flavors in this salad is the classic Sicilian sweet and sour which is absolutely mouthwatering. And the almonds and pine nuts bring a delicious crunch to the Brown Rice Salad.

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Brown rice salad in oblong plate with spring onions and lemon.

When I went into my garden to pick the spring onions for this salad I noticed they were all in bud and ready to flower. Who says vegetables aren’t decorative? These flowering spring onions are so pretty plus you can eat them. They should be in the front garden! But let’s get onto making this salad.

Why you will love this recipe

Firstly, I don’t need to tell you how highly nutritious brown rice is, you know that, right? It’s full of vitamins and minerals plus a great source of dietary fibre. And in case you were wondering, brown rice is gluten-free. Be sure to try out my amazing gluten-free cinnamon granola as well.

Secondly, this salad contains vibrant, red bell peppers (red capsicums) which are chock full of vitamin C along with spring onions and parsley. And just like my Cherry Tomato Caprese salad and this Crack Chicken Salad, it’ll be popular at potluck dinners and on the buffet table.

But most of all, the almonds and pine nuts while providing crunch are also powerhouses of nutrients and amazing benefits. All in all, this Brown Rice Salad is a bowlful of health and goodness and pairs well with these baked Italian chicken thighs.

Ingredient notes

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Of course, the most important thing for this salad is the brown rice – after all it is a Brown Rice Salad! 

Brown rice has a delicious, nutty taste and is super nutritious but it takes at least 40 minutes to cook. So to make this salad I like to use precooked or instant rice.

The one I buy takes 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave and I know most countries have a similar product. However, just be sure to buy unflavored rice. Using precooked rice ensures that this Brown Rice Salad is so quick to make.

Plus you’ll also need:

  • Red bell peppers – also known as red capsicum.
  • Scallions – also known as spring onions or green onions. Use the green as well as the white part.
  • Currants – for a little sweetness.
  • Blanched almonds – blanched means without skins.
  • Pine nuts – be sure to toast to bring out the nutty flavor.
  • Parsley – use flat or curly leaf; whichever you have.
  • Capers – whether you use salted capers or capers in vinegar, rinse them before using.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – good quality oil makes all the difference.
  • Lemon juice – fresh is best but at a pinch use bottled.
  • Garlic – again I prefer fresh but use jarred if you can’t get your hands on fresh garlic.

How to make this recipe

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  1. Prepare the precooked brown rice according to packet directions.
  2. Transfer brown rice to a large bowl to cool.
  3. While rice is cooling, prepare salad ingredients and dressing.
  4. Mix rice with prepared ingredients and salad.

That’s only 4 easy steps to a great tasting salad. How easy is that!!

Tips for success and FAQ’s

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Take advantage of precooked brown rice and this salad can be prepared in 15 minutes, at the most.

Cut the ingredients like red bell peppers (red capsicum) into small dice so that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Can this brown rice salad be prepared in advance?

Yes! Prepare this salad up to the point of adding the dressing a day in advance. When ready to serve, toss with the dressing.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in a sealed container or covered bowl in the refrigerator. This salad is still quite good the day after.

You’ll find this salad goes well with bbqs and roast meats. Try it with my Butterfly Chicken Recipe or make dinner easy by purchasing a precooked rotisserie chicken and adding some of my homemade garlic butter sauce! Either way sit down and enjoy dinner with a glass of wine and good company.

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salad in oblong plate with spring onions and lemon.

Brown Rice Salad

A nutritious salad of brown rice, red bell peppers, dried currants, capers and nuts which is super quick and easy to prepare.  
5 from 44 votes
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings:6 servings
Author: Marcellina

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups cooked brown rice cooled (see notes)
  • 2 cups red bell peppers finely diced (red capsicum)
  • 1 cup finely sliced scallions/green onions
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • ½ cup blanched almonds toasted (see notes
  • ½ cup pine nuts toasted (see notes)
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley
  • cup capers rinsed

Dressing

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mls) fresh lemon juice see notes
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • salt
  • black pepper freshly ground

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, place all the salad ingredients and mix thoroughly

Dressing

  • In a small bowl mix together oil, lemon juice and garlic.
  • Pour dressing over the salad and mix to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Recheck seasoning before serving.
  • Serve at room temperature or cold.

Notes

Tips for Success
  • Use precooked/instant rice which comes in microwavable pouches for fast preparation.
  • I purchased a 1 pound (450 grams) pouch which gave me enough rice for this salad.
  • Alternatively boil 1 cup of brown rice in salted water for 40 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Blanched almonds have the skins removed.
  • Nuts can be toasted in a moderate oven for 10 minutes or in a frying pan over medium heat for a couple of minutes until lightly browned. I prefer a frying pan – much quicker.
  • Don’t forget to add enough salt to bring out the flavors.
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Nutritional Estimate Per Serving

Serving: 0g | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2165IU | Vitamin C: 77.4mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. For accurate results, it is recommended that the nutritional information be calculated based on the ingredients and brands you use.

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is so flavorful and delish! I’m not sure what a currant is, but I used low sugar dried cranberries and it was wonderful.

    1. Michelle, that sounds amazing! I think dried cranberries would be delish in this salad. Currants are dried fruit like a small raisin. Thanks for commenting and the 5 star rating!!

    2. 5 stars
      Where too Start.. So Nourishing Fresh and Oh Sooo Addictively Good, I made a Big Batch and Enjoyingly ate it Everyday for 3 weeks 😂😂, and I’m still Not sick of it yet.. and You will to 🤗😁, and I’m off too make somemore.. 🙋‍♀️👏👏👌

  2. Your salad sounds great, I really like the addition of the pine nuts and almonds to the chewy nutty flavored brown rice. I’m pinning the recipe, thank you.

  3. I have always loved the nuttiness of brown rice, and unless I’m making a risotto, it’s my rice of choice. But I never use the instant kind. I just make extra of the long cooking kind and freeze some. It comes in handy and is easy to defrost in the microwave. Cold rice salads are always a great way to eat when the weather is hot and I love the addition of the nuts and currants in your recipe.

  4. That looks delicious Marcella! What a great way to use pre-cooked grains; I especially love brown rice so will definitely be trying this recipe 🙂

      1. All of these look del i cious, but for me on holidays the brown rice salad looks like winner.