The holidays have come and gone and it’s a whole New Year. With a New Year comes resolutions. This Healthy Rice Salad with Chive Dressing is a perfect part of my eat healthy New Year’s resolution. I love using my favorite super foods to make this hearty, sweet, yet tangy salad.
Every year we make new resolutions. There’s something about the start of a new year that makes you want to get started off on a new foot. Whether it’s to eat healthier, exercise more, or enjoying life to the fullest...we all take on new goals.
I am a total foodie and love all foods. Which means I start out the year wanting to eat totally healthy but end the year indulging. This just means I can use the same New Year’s resolution every year and I’m ok with that. Hahaha! That doesn’t mean I don’t want to try.
Rice is a staple in my house. Seriously I love me some rice. I can fall back on traditional rice recipes all year long and be a happy camper. To make it healthier, I love to create healthy rice salads just like this Healthy Rice Salad with Chive Dressing. I love brown rice, spinach, feta cheese, and pomegranate. Not to mention chives, olive oil, and lemon. This combination of ingredients plus a few others make up the best healthy rice salad. It’s the perfect side salad but it can be even more. You can add some shredded rotisserie chicken or even some leftover turkey to turn this salad into a full-on meal.
Healthy Rice Salad with Chive Dressing
For the salad
- 2 cups cooked Riceland Medium Grain Brown Rice
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
For the Dressing
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
Prep salad ingredients and place in a medium bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. Pulse all dressing ingredients, except chives, in a food processor or emulsion blender. Stir in chives. Mix all salad ingredients and dressing until well combined. Eat and enjoy!
Blog post and recipe provided by Riceland blogger Lacie Ring of EasyPeasyPleasy.com