From the Editors of Live Right Live Well
This savory, earthy salad -- with just a hint of sweetness from the apple -- features unique ingredients that are sure to impress at large parties and family gatherings. Red rice is a healthy whole grain with more protein, fiber and natural nutrients than white rice. Red walnuts, usually found in your produce department, contain heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Green apple and green onion add color along with antioxidants that may help fight Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers.
Makes about 6.5 cups (8 1/2 servings of 3/4 cup each)
Ingredients3 1/2 cups cooked red rice, completely cooled1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and diced (1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces)3/4 cup chopped green onions1 cup coarsely chopped, toasted red walnuts1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard2 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (about 1/2 to 2/3 cup)
Directions1. Prepare red rice according to package directions. (You’ll need between 1 1/4 and 2 cups uncooked red rice to yield the required 3 1/2 cups cooked rice. You may have leftover red rice.) Cool completely.
2. In a large bowl, combine cooked and cooled red rice, apple and toasted walnuts.
3. Whisk oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper and mustard together in a small bowl.
4. Pour over rice mixture and toss lightly to blend all ingredients.
5. Lightly stir in crumbled cheese. Serve immediately.
6. Refrigerate in tightly covered container.
Nutrition information (per serving)245 calories6 g protein25 g carbohydrate13.5 g fat2.5 g saturated fat5 mg cholesterol238 mg sodium167 mg potassium65 mg calcium1 mg iron157 IU vitamin A6 mg vitamin C3.5 g fiber
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