This healthy rice salad is loaded with vegetables and protein. Serve it as a healthy dinner or pack it up and take it along for your next picnic. Bhutanese red rice has a nutty taste and pleasant chewy texture, but any type of whole-grain rice tastes great in this hearty salad recipe. Check package directions: depending on the variety, red rice cooks for 20 to 50 minutes.

Katie Workman
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

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  • Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, shallot, parsley (if using), mustard, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

  • When the rice is done, stir 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette into it, then spread it on a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature.

  • Add the cooled rice to the remaining vinaigrette along with shrimp (or chickpeas), spinach, tomatoes, peas, radishes and feta; gently stir to combine.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Give grains a cooldown: To cool grains down quickly, spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet. The surface area helps speed cooling, while the foil prevents any residual flavors on the pan from seeping in.

Nutrition Facts

328 calories; protein 15.8g 32% DV; carbohydrates 29.7g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 3g 12% DV; sugars 2.9g; fat 17g 26% DV; saturated fat 3.9g 20% DV; cholesterol 94.8mg 32% DV; vitamin a iu 1619.4IU 32% DV; vitamin c 21.4mg 36% DV; folate 43.3mcg 11% DV; calcium 120.7mg 12% DV; iron 1.3mg 7% DV; magnesium 79.9mg 29% DV; potassium 386.8mg 11% DV; sodium 522.3mg 21% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV.