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Black Rice Salad

Baked Apple, Beetroot and Fresh Herb Rice Salad

 Black Rice Salad

Is Rice Salad an “old school” recipe? I am not sure.  I am generally not a fan as I find it to be dry and just too much in your mouth. It is hard work to eat and not choke on it while you are chatting to friends or family. 

This Rice Salad is not one of those. Black rice and quinoa give it a nutty flavor, the walnuts some lovely crunch. The baked beetroot, apple and orange blossom water add a sweet and interesting twist that have you returning to the dish to add more and more to your plate. Fresh herbs and baby spinach from the garden present freshness and a gorgeous piece of Spring. 

My kids loved the bursts of sweetness from the baked apple in this recipe and Mr Fresh adores sage so he was easily sold. 

This recipe was inspired by these things I collected from my garden – beetroot, herbs and baby spinach leaves. Added to pantry staples it made a lovely salad I will be repeating as the weather warms and the BBQs and Christmas events commence.

Black Rice Salad
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Healthy black rice salad with quinoa, baked apple, beetroot and fresh herbs. Sweetness bursts through the nutty rice flavor to deliver a satisfying salad. Make it for your next BBQ, work or school lunch boxes.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 cups black rice
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 1 small beetroot - peeled and cubed into small pieces
  • 3 granny smith apples peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup of walnuts
  • handful of baby spinach leaves
  • handful fresh sage leaves
  • handful fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Blossom Water
  • 1 tablespoon Chardonnay Vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  1. Set the oven to heat to 170 degrees
  2. Add the sliced apples and beets to the oven to cook for 25 minutes
  3. Cook the black rice and quinoa according to instructions (not together as the black rice will take longer to cook)
  4. Drain the rice and quinoa and set aside
  5. Once the rice has cooled, add it to a serving bowl
  6. Add in the baked beets and apple pieces, walnuts, spinach leaves, and herbs
  7. Combine the Orange Blossom Water, Chardonnay Vinegar and olive oil in a bowl and agitate with a fork to combine
  8. Drizzle over the rice and serve
You can find Orange Blossom Water and Chardonnay Vinegar in good delis/gourmet food stores.

 Baked Apple, Beet and Fresh Herb Rice Salad


Are you a fan of rice salad? 

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  • Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie October 29, 2013, 9:09 am

    I love a rice salad, particularly with brown rice as it’s so nutty and delicious. This looks amazing, the baked apples would be such a nice contrast to the more savoury elements. Yum!

    • Kyrstie Barcak October 30, 2013, 11:58 am

      Thanks Liz. I think I will give it a try with brown rice also. Great idea.

  • Krista October 29, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I hate dry rice salad too, but this sounds (and looks!) fantastic. 🙂

    • Kyrstie Barcak October 30, 2013, 11:57 am

      thanks Krista, that is the word I was looking for ….dry- yuck. 🙂

  • Catherine@farmhousehome October 29, 2013, 10:37 pm

    I love rice salad Kyrstie and this one looks delicious!

  • Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance October 30, 2013, 5:57 pm

    ooh this looks delicious! I only recently bought some black rice and I love it. Such a great flavour. I usually avoid a rice salad but this looks great x

  • Nic@diningwithastud November 22, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Work lunch….sorted 🙂

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