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Apple Pecan Brown Rice Salad - a healthy brown rice salad with apples, cranberries, carrots, onions and pecans. vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free

Apple Pecan Brown Rice Salad

Apple Pecan Brown Rice Salad - a healthy brown rice salad with apples, cranberries, carrots, onions and pecans. vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 apple sliced into thin chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 carrot grated or cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan add rice and cover with water at least an inch above the rice level. Bring to a boil, stir, cover and continue to boil for 25 minutes (like you would cook pasta). Add additional water if level gets too low. Test a few grains of rice for doneness, boil for an additional few minutes if needed.
  2. Drain rice. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) immediately and stir rice. Cool rice completely in the refrigerator.
  3. While rice is cooking, chop fruit, nuts and vegetables as needed.
  4. In a small jar (like a baby food jar) add oil, remaining 1/4 cup vinegar and chives. Shake to combine.
  5. Combine cooled rice, salad ingredients and dressing and stir thoroughly. Put salad in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend.