Rice and Nut Salad

A dish that can pass as a savory cold salad or a hot rice dish - either way, it's delicious!

Rice Salad

This rice and nut salad recipe is a really versatile one. It can serve as a hot rice dish, but we use it as a savory, cold salad. Either way, it is a delicious dish that you can make ahead and serve as a side or take it hot off the stove, mix it up and serve it warm as part of your main course.

You can also serve it with other types of nuts. If you don't like walnuts, use pecans for example. The rice and nut salad is equally delicious no matter what type of nut you include.

Rice and Nut Salad


2 cups cooked brown rice, cooled
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped sweet onion
3/4 cup tomato puree
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped (dried mint will work)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/3 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
2 cups fresh veggies (tomato, celery, red bell pepper) chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice

How we make it

Cook the rice according to package directions. Refrigerate for at least two hours (best if over night). This removes some of the moisture.

Heat oil in a medium skillet and saute the onion until soft but not brown. Add the tomato puree, mint, allspice and cumin Let stand until cooled to room temperature.

Stir in the walnuts and rice. Add the lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Let stand for at least 30 minutes to meld the flavors.

Add the chopped veggies and toss gently just prior to serving.

Makes 4 servings

Per serving: Calories 188, Calories from Fat 44, Total Fat 5.14g, Saturated Fat 0.64g, Trans Fat 0.0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 665mg, Potassium 336mg, Total Carbs 32.63g, Dietary Fiber 3.7g, Sugars 5.29g, Protein 4.49g

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