Sweet peaches or nectarines, lemon and a kiss of ginger and chile sparkle against chewy red rice in this rice salad recipe. Bhutanese red rice has a delicate flavor and cooks in 20 minutes. Look for it near other whole-grain rice in natural-foods stores. Can't find Bhutanese rice? Use another red rice or brown rice and adjust the cooking time.

Anna Thomas
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013


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Instructions Checklist
  • Toss cucumber in a bowl with 3/4 teaspoon salt; let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Rinse, then drain in a sieve, pressing to extract excess water.

  • Meanwhile, combine water, rice and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. If there is any water remaining, drain the rice in a fine colander. Fluff with a fork and spread out on a baking sheet to cool.

  • Whisk lemon juice, oil, ginger and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until well combined. Add the cucumber, the rice, peaches (or nectarines), sunflower seeds, mint and chile; mix well. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let the flavors develop.

  • Just before serving, add arugula and toss again.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Finish with Step 4 just before serving.

Tip: Toast nuts before using in a recipe for the best flavor. To toast whole nuts, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes. To toast seeds, chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

204.2 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 29.5g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 3.6g 15% DV; sugars 6.1g; fat 8.6g 13% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 567.5IU 11% DV; vitamin c 11.1mg 18% DV; folate 33.6mcg 8% DV; calcium 45.1mg 5% DV; iron 1.5mg 9% DV; magnesium 61.7mg 22% DV; potassium 359.8mg 10% DV; sodium 224.9mg 9% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.