Monday, March 11, 2013

Meatless Monday Recipe: Brown Rice Salad - Vegetarian (Delia Smith)

Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people not to eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. Although I am a meat lover, I do not mind going vegetarian from time to time, especially for a delicious vegetarian dish such as this brown rice salad from Delia Smith.



In my home, we eat a mix of both brown rice and white rice (long grain or Japanese Calrose). We like ecoBrown's Gold wholegrain rice mix which includes unpolished brown rice with black rice and red rice. My children actually enjoy eating brown rice, so they had no problems with this brown rice salad. Furthermore, it has got many of their favorite ingredients such as cherry tomatoes, walnuts, apple and raisins.



The brown rice is cooked and then seasoned with a French vinaigrette dressing (recipe here), before all the other ingredients are added. For me, this is a very healthy yet wonderfully delicious salad. On this occasion, I served it with my chicken with barbecue sauce but this would work great as a meal on its own. This is quite a substantial and filling salad, thanks to the brown rice used. I will be having more Meatless Mondays from now on ;)



Brown Rice Salad
Recipe adapted from Delia Smith
Preparation time: 10 - 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes (for the rice)
Serves 4

Ingredients
180-200g brown rice, cooked
1 quantity vinaigrette dressing (see Recipe here)

1/2 Japanese cucumber, chopped into small cubes
3 spring onions, very finely chopped
8 cherry tomatoes, chopped into small cubes
1/2 red or green pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
1 red dessert apple, chopped but not peeled
25g currants or raisins
25g walnuts, finely chopped
Salt and freshly milled black pepper


1. Cook the brown rice, once cooked place rice into a salad bowl, fluff it up with a fork and pour the dressing over (start with 3 tablespoons then add more to taste) while it's still hot. Mix well.

2. Allow the rice to cool and then mix in all the other ingredients, tasting to check the seasoning and season with salt and pepper as required. Keep in a cool place until needed.



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I am submitting this to the "Cook Like Delia Smith" bloghop which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Mich of Piece of Cake. To join, simply cook or bake any recipe from any Delia Smith websites or cookbooks and blog hop with us for the whole month of March 2013.

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I am also submitting this to my friend mui mui's Little Thumbs Up "Tomato" event.

33 comments:

  1. This looks very healthy and delicious! Definitely love to try this recipe one day. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Hi Yen! BBQ chicken on meatless monday? :D

    Well-balanced rice salad...A clever idea to serve with protein... provides both carbo and vegetable...

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    1. Haha! Obviously I had this on a meaty Wednesday... :P But what I meant was, the brown rice salad (without the chicken) would make a great dish for Meatless Monday! :P

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  3. what an interesting salad. i actually like brown rice, so i could imagine enjoying this :D coincidentally, i went meatless today (but it was just a coincidence). my meal was a totally vegetarian one at living food bistro! satisfying stuff =)

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    1. I thought of making this as my mum loves brown rice and salad. This is a perfect way to combine both. Best of both worlds!

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  4. An amazing looking and super healthy salad

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    1. Thanks, this is a salad kids can easily enjoy too.

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  5. Hi Yen,

    Meatless Monday! My husband and son will be depressed every Monday... LOL! I will feel good eating this brown rice salad :D

    Zoe

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    1. Haha Zoe! Your comment made me laugh... I think my family can go a few meals without meat too, but yes, too many meatless meals can be depressing!

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  6. When comes Monday, I always forgot to prepare vegetarian , hehehe., This is a very healthy meal .

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    1. Haha true. Just eat vegetarian whenever we feel like it. My fav is Japanese soba and miso udon.

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  7. Rice salad? Hmmm...interesting.

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    1. A bit more filling than regular salad.

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  8. Hello Yen,

    I definitely could be a vegan for a day with this delicious-looking dish. :D Thank you for stopping by earlier. Appreciate the support! And nice to meet you. :D

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    1. No worries, hope to see u here more often. :)

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  9. We start making salad at home too. But our is very simple one, just dump all the fruit and veggie together. hehehe.

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  10. interesting, never had a rice salad before... this one looks good from the pic. the only thing I would leave out is the raisins.. hehehe... not a fan of then in savory food... :)

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    1. Really? I like to put raisins in rice one.... like those Indian rice with raisins and cashewnuts.

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  11. this is the perfect antidote to the rich food that I have been eating! Thank you! :D

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  12. Hi Yen, this is really my type of food... thanks for sharing, will try this over a weekend.

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    1. I hope u like it. :) Let me know how it turns out.

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  13. A healthy dish. Something new to me either ;-)

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  14. I have never had a rice salad before. Your rice salad look very delicious and I would love to try it!

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  15. I feel like having this for lunch coz it looks so healthy & yummy too! Raisins & roasted walnuts made a big difference for this dish, I like it!

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  16. That rice salad looks very appetizing , Yen ! Love the texture and flavor in this dish . Perfect with that tasty bbq chicken :D

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  17. Hi Yen,
    You've just reminded me that I have a pack of brown rice somewhere in my fridge!! LOL! Your salad looks good!

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  18. Hi Baby Sumo, your brown rice salad look delicious, great for diet. :)
    Best regards.

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  19. I think I can't accept eat cold rice, sorry :P

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  20. I like the rice in salad! It adds carbs to the meal but also has veggies to add more nutrition. :)

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  21. Hi Yen,
    A healthy and yummy salad!
    mui

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