This fall harvest rice salad is loaded with pumpkin, apples, raisins, dried cranberries and walnuts for a delicious fall side dish! (It’s also vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.)
Before we get to this fall harvest rice salad — which I am completely obsessed with — I am very happy to announce that The Casual Veggie Cookbook is available to order!
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As part of the launch party this week, I’m participating in a virtual veggie potluck with all of the other contributors. How awesome does that sound?
Here’s more about my recipe, then please read on to see the other veggie dishes my fabulous blogging friends have contributed.
So, this fall harvest rice salad…
We regularly have basic steamed brown rice at our house. It’s so easy, so healthy, so filling. But, I get it, it’s kinda plain.
And maybe having the same thing the same way gets old after a while. (Not to me, I’m weird that way, but I could understand that it would get old to some people.)
So I added in ALL the good stuff and made this fabulous harvest rice salad!
Dried fruits ✅
Oh and let’s not forget some maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and a few spices to really bring the flavor over the top.
It’s also vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
I could eat this rice salad every day all fall. Time of day is of no concern to me, either. We of course eat it for dinner, warm.
But I have a serious love for the leftovers, cold and straight from the fridge. I definitely had several large forkfuls of this for a mini “third breakfast” a couple of days ago.
Please, no judging. Especially when I tell you I also ate a bowlful for my lunch that day and then polished off the rest at dinnertime. 😬
Back to that not getting tired of things quality… not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse…
Notes on fall harvest rice salad:
- I use brown rice – we’re a whole grain family – but you could substitute long-grain white rice. Just reduce the cooking time to about 15 minutes.
- Honey crisp apples are my fall favorite and have a great sweetness and crunch here. You could also use a Fuji, Pink Lady or Gala apple if you prefer.
- I use walnuts here but pecans would work too.
- The mix of raisins and dried cranberries is yummy but you can use all of one or the other, depending on what you have.
This salad will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. And like I said, I enjoy it just as much cold as I do warm!
And I think you’ll love it too. This salad has major flavor and major texture.
The soft, creamy pumpkin rice with the crunchy nuts and apple pieces, the savory with the sweet, the zin with the zang. Mmm, mmm, mmm. ❤️
Break out of your rice rut and try this salad soon. And check out all of the other fabulous veggie potluck recipes below.
For the rice:
For the salad:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 661mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 7gSugar: 23gProtein: 6g
And be sure to check out these awesome veggie potluck recipes from my fellow Casual Veggie Cookbook contributors!
A Southern Grace – Black and Tan Orange
Family For Health – Autumn Squash Chicken Stew
My Happy Belly – Sweet Roasted Squash
Parsley and Pumpkins – Kohlrabi Cranberry Salad
Real Simple Good – Kale and Cabbage Salad
The Delicious Balance – Cauliflower Stuffed Acorn Squash
The Weekly Menu – Italian Veggie Popover Pizza
Treble in the Kitchen – Kale Salad with Acorn Squash and Spiced Walnuts
Where is my Spoon? – Cauliflower in Tomato Sauce