By Kelly Bogard
From patties to flour, rice is a versatile ingredient.
Nutritious? It sure is! A common staple in homes across Texas and the U.S., this carbohydrate is high in fiber and magnesium. And it’s good for heart health!
Besides its health benefits, rice is an important crop for Texas farmers. It’s grown along the Gulf Coast and this video shows a little more about what takes place on a rice farm.
For this week’s recipe, lettuce do something a little different. We’re going to ‘rice’ things up. I’m using brown rice for this flavor-packed salad.
For Warm Rice Salad, you will need…
2 c. brown rice, uncooked
1 c. spinach, chopped
1 c. dried apricots, chopped
1 c. pecans, chopped
1/2 c. red onion, diced
1/4 c. grapeseed oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
This rice salad is a bit sweet and savory all at the same time. It can be served as a vegetarian main course or a side with any other lean protein. It’s possible to make gluten-free as well. Just be sure to check the labels on the vinegar and apricots.
This quick and easy dish will bring a unique twist to your meal, And it’s packed with all kinds of good stuff for you. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Warm Rice Salad
Summary: Unique summer side
- 2 c. brown rice, uncooked
- 1 c. spinach, chopped
- 1 c. dried apricots, chopped
- 1 c. pecans, chopped
- 1/2 c. red onion, diced
- 1/4 c. grapeseed oil
- 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- Prepare rice per package instructions.
- Season water with salt.
- Chop and dice all fruits and vegetables.
- Set rice aside to cool.
- Mix together vinegar, oil and pepper.
- Add all of the fruit, vegetables and nuts to the warm rice.
- Pour dressing over the rice and vegetables.
- Mix well.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Cooking time (duration): 0 hour(s), 25 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 6-8