Aug 5, 2011

Whole-Grain Rice, Baby Spinach, Walnuts and Cherry Salad

Whole-Grain Rice, Baby Spinach, Walnuts and Cherry Salad

Serves 6


3½ cups [875 ml] red or brown rice, cooked, heated
4 handfuls baby spinach, stems trimmed
2/3 cup [160 ml] walnut halves, toasted
1½ cups [375 ml] sweet cherries, halved and pitted
½ cup [125 ml] extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup [60 ml] white wine vinegar
Fine-grain sea salt
Small basil leaves
Goat cheese, crumbled


Combine the hot rice, spinach, and most of the walnuts in a large bowl. Toss until the spinach wilts a bit.

Make the cherry vinaigrette by combining one-third of the cherries, the olive oil, white wine vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon [2.5 ml] sea salt and blending until smooth. Add a generous splash of the dressing to the salad.

Tear the remaining cherries in half and stir most of them into the rice. Taste and add more salt, if needed. Turn the salad onto a platter and finish with the last of the cherries, walnuts, basil leaves and goat cheese. Serve immediately.

Recipe Credit: Heidi Swanson, Super Natural Every Day

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  • I love the baby spinach and wallnuts here. Looks crispy delights.

  • This salad looks fantastic – I just made something very similar with quinoa, cherries, goat cheese, and almonds. I need to try your recipe with the brown rice!

  • [...] Whole Grain Rice, Baby Spinach and Cherry Salad with Walnuts With fresh cherries, goat cheese, basil and a simple vinaigrette. Try substituting wild rice for brown — and easily vegan. [...]

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