Andrew James' Culinary Creation: Brown Rice Salad

Andrew James' Culinary Creation: Brown Rice Salad
28 Mar 2024


Hello, food enthusiasts! Today, we embark on a journey into the world of wholesome goodness with a delectable Brown Rice Salad recipe. Join us as we explore the symphony of flavors and textures that make this Brown Rice Salad a must-try dish for any occasion. 



For the Salad: 

- 1 cup brown rice, cooked and cooled 

- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 

- 1 cucumber, diced 

- 1 red bell pepper, diced 

- 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped 

- 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, sliced 

- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 

- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional) 


For the Dressing:

- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 

- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 

- 1 clove garlic, minced 

- Salt and pepper, to taste 





1. Cook and Cool Brown Rice: 

   - Cook the brown rice according to package instructions and let it cool to room temperature. 


2. Prepare Vegetables and Chickpeas:

   - Dice the cucumber, red bell pepper, and red onion. 

   - Halve the cherry tomatoes and slice the Kalamata olives. 

   - Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas. 


3. Assemble the Salad:

   - In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled brown rice, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, chickpeas, Kalamata olives, and fresh parsley. 

   - If desired, add crumbled feta cheese for an extra layer of richness. 


4. Prepare the Dressing:

   - In a small bowl, whisk together extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. 


5. Drizzle and Toss:

   - Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients. 

   - Gently toss the salad until all the ingredients are well coated with the flavorful dressing. 


Andrew James' Tip:

   - Allow the salad to sit for a few minutes before serving to let the flavors meld together. This salad can also be served chilled. 


There you have it – Andrew James' take on the Brown Rice Salad, a refreshing and nutritious dish that celebrates the vibrant flavors of fresh vegetables and hearty brown rice. Perfect for a light lunch, a side dish, or a potluck gathering, this salad showcases. So, gather your ingredients and enjoy the delightful experience of savoring each bite of this Brown Rice Salad masterpiece. Happy cooking!