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Black Rice, Radish and Feta Salad
Black Rice, Radish and Feta Salad via JennySheaRawn.com
A fresh, springtime salad that combines vibrant whole grain black rice, thinly sliced radishes, sliced scallions, edamame, cilantro and feta cheese. This is a great protein-packed and nutrient rich side dish salad or perfect for a light lunch. The simple dressing combines just seasoned rice vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

We love making salads like this in the spring and summertime, combining whole grains (like black rice), veggies, herbs and beans (or other protein). What’s best is that you can make a big batch and then enjoy it for days to come.
Black Rice, Radish and Feta Salad via JennySheaRawn.com
Black rice (or you could use brown or red) provides a great whole grain base for this salad that gives the dish a nice nutty flavor and chewy texture. Rice, especially the whole grain varieties, provides satisfying fiber and healthy carbohydrates to any dish. And, a little fun fact I learned from the folks at USA Rice, research shows that rice eaters consume less sugar and saturated fat than people who do not eat rice. Including rice in our dishes seems to be both great for the flavor of our meals and beneficial to our overall diets.
Black Rice, Radish and Feta Salad via JennySheaRawn.com
Here’s how to make this simple, fresh black rice salad:

Black Rice, Radish and Feta Salad
Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4 as a side dish
Ingredients:

  • ยฝ cup U.S.- grown black japonica rice
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup frozen edamame
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ยฝ cup feta cheese
  • 3 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground cracked pepper

Directions:
In a medium pot, bring 1 cup black rice and 2 cups water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes, covered. Fluff with a fork and set aside. Meanwhile, heat edamame in microwave, according to directions. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine rice, edamame, scallions, radishes, cilantro and feta. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and rice vinegar and grind black pepper over top. Toss to combine. Serve. Also, tastes great chilled for the next couple days.

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