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Curried Orange Rice Salad in a bowl with spoon

Curried Orange Rice Salad

A simple brown rice salad with flavorful orange-curry dressing and crunchy pistachios. A great side dish for picnics, potlucks, and make-ahead meals.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Total Time:45 mins
CourseSalad, Side Dish
CuisineGluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings6 side servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice (I use jasmine)
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/2 cup currants (or raisins)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, shelled (more if desired)

For the orange-curry dressing:

  • Juice from 1 orange (about 1/3 cup juice)
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder* (I use Simply Organic brand)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar (unseasoned)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions

  • Rinse and cook rice according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, slice green onions and roughly chop cilantro, stems removed. Place in a medium-large mixing bowl with currants and pistachios.
  • Make the dressing: in a small bowl, squeeze the juice from the orange (I use about 1/3 cup juice). Add the curry powder, maple syrup, rice vinegar, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • When rice is done cooking, add to bowl with cilantro, green onions, currants, and pistachios.
  • Pour dressing over top and stir well to thoroughly combine.
  • Can serve immediately or refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavors mellow and combine further.

Notes

The curry flavor is quite strong so feel free to decrease if desired.
I use Zante currants which I find in the bulk food section of our co-op and grocery stores. If you can't find them near you, raisins are a great replacement.
If saving for later, feel free to make it a full day ahead of time. (Sometimes I like to squeeze a little extra fresh orange juice on top right before serving to brighten it.) After a couple days of sitting, I find the rice starts to dry out a little, so it's best eaten within 1-2 days.
I haven't tried this yet, but I bet this recipe would work well with other grains - just swap out the rice for farro, quinoa, kamut, wheat berry, etc.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 202 kcal | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Potassium: 305 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 11 g | Vitamin A: 156 IU | Vitamin C: 2 mg | Calcium: 42 mg | Iron: 2 mg