Fruited Rice Salad

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Author Notes: This is my version of a delicious salad one of the vendors at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market sold last year.mrslarkin

Serves 6 - 8

for the dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

for the salad

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice (I like short grain the best), room temperature or slightly warm, but not cold or super hot
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cup dried cranberries or fresh pomegranate arils, or a mixture of both
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans (or crumbled in your hand if you're lazy like me)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped flat leaf (Italian) parsley, and maybe some mint, too, if you like mint in your food
  1. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Taste for salt. Set aside. I prefer my salads not sopping wet, so make extra dressing if you like it a little wetter.
  2. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing. Mix well. Check for salt. Serve room temperature. You can put this salad together ahead and set it aside, but don't stick it in the fridge or the rice will harden.

Tags: can be made ahead, Easy, picnic, serves a crowd, travels well, Vegetarian

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about 1 year ago JanetFL

It's on my list to try - a salad after my heart! Thank you!

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over 1 year ago Flavor Drizzles

Made this today with a roasted leg of lamb. Wonderful! I added fresh tarragon with the parsley. Thank you Mrs. Larkin for sharing.

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

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You're welcome, FD! Glad you enjoyed it. One of my favorites.

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over 1 year ago Madhuja

This looks SO good! Sweet and tart and crunchy all that the same time! YUM!

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

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Yes! That's the perfect description for this dish! Thanks Madhuja.

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over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

Guess I missed this earlier. It looks Deee-licious

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

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Thanks hk! I had leftovers yesterday, and they're still super yum.

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over 1 year ago Panfusine

Rice?? I'm Sold.. This sounds absolutely FABulous!

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, Panfusine. It's yummy!

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over 2 years ago This Little Piggy (Lisa)

This looks like my kind of salad - very crunchy and delicious. Really simple but good.

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Lisa!! I love simple.

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almost 3 years ago Lizthechef

I can only echo the crowd - great photo, great recipe and a perfect summer dish with a zillion ways to tweak it.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Liz.

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almost 3 years ago Midge

Yum! This sounds like the kind of thing I could live on in summer.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Midge. yes, definitely a great summer dish.

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almost 3 years ago Midge

Made this yesterday and threw in some diced roasted beets that I had in the fridge. Delicious!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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That sounds really yummy, Midge! I love beets - so sweet and earthy!

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almost 3 years ago wssmom

Awesome photo, even more awesome recipe!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks wssmom!!!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

I love rice salads and yours sounds delicious! I especially like the fresh squeezed orange juice in the dressing. YUM!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, gingerroot! i love the oj too!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Mmm, this looks totally delicious. Perfect for summer! And such lovely colors too.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, 5&S!!

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

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Mrs L I made this yesterday for opening night of family girl's weekend - HUGE success - everyone loved it - it's GONE! Now I need to make more.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Awesome! That is so cool, aargersi! So glad you guys enjoyed it!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I love this! I can just imagine the flavors and textures - sweet, tangy, fresh, crunchy, chewy, soft - wonderful!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, hla! That pretty much sums it up!

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almost 3 years ago GiGi26

I think my family will love this, It's beautiful and I will be making it soon!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, GiGi26! Hope you enjoy it!

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almost 3 years ago Panfusine

it looks soo beautiful.. feasting with the eyes as I type!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you so much, Panfusine!!

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

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This is the sort of thing you want to have in the fridge at all times for an instant need to feed ... love it! GREAT photo, too.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks aargersi!!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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Looks so delicious and healthy at the same time. Nice!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks sdebrango!