Red Rice Salad with Cumin Dressing

This salad evolved from a recipe that Molly’s mom used to make when she was younger.  The heirloom red rice is a new addition to the old recipe, which really makes the salad stand out both nutritionally and visually, and when it is springtime, we have been known to substitute fresh blueberries, which is also nice.  When shopping for honey, look for “raw” honey, which hasn’t been pasteurized, therefore maintaining the natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals in the food.  We have a few beehives on the farm, so our farm lunches feature gorgeous raw farm honey…a real treat!

Red Rice Salad with Cumin Dressing

Several varieties of red heirloom rice are available in large grocery stores today, but if you can't get your hands on it, substitute short or long grain brown rice.  However, the color and texture of red rice are really lovely.  If using dried blueberries, we prefer the berries that have been sweetened with apple juice, rather than cane sugar, which seems to cause less of a blood sugar crash!

  • 4-6 servings
  • 20 min, plus chill 1 hr
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • For Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons (40 g) raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • For Salad:
  • 3 cups (495 g) cooked red rice
  • 1/2 cup (55g) coarsely chopped soaked walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (36g) crunchy sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 (72g) cup dried blueberries*
  • ¾ cup (90 g) finely diced celery
  • 1/3 cup (35 g) thinly sliced scallion, both white and green parts
  • 2 tablespoons (12 g) chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  1. TO MAKE THE SALAD: In a medium-size bowl, combine all the salad ingredients. Toss gently and set aside.
  2. TO MAKE THE DRESSING: In a small-size bowl or jar, combine all the dressing ingredients. Whisk well or shake.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the mixed salad and toss gently to incorporate. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

*Look for dried blueberries that have been sweetened with apple juice concentrate rather than cane sugar.  If dried blueberries can’t be found, substitute currants, raisins, or dried cranberries.