I love rice! I also love combining cooked food with raw food to make a very nutritious meal. This Asian Citrus Rice Salad does just that and is a delicious dish to make for lunch on the go or for a summer bbq. All the flavors of oranges, ginger, tamari and vinegar go so well together – YUM!
Brown basmati rice is perfect in this recipe because it hasn’t been stripped of its bran and germ (like white rice) where most of the nutrients are, and it still has a light and fluffy texture. Brown rice is one of the richest sources of manganese, a trace mineral that fights free radicals in the body. Along with the orange slices and green bell peppers, this salad is also high in vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps prevent DNA damage.
Choose your rice carefully…
When choosing brands of rice it is a good idea to contact the companies that you buy rice products from and ask them if they test for arsenic. Arsenic is a carcinogen that is prevalent in rice products, including some brands of brown rice. California grown rice has been shown to contain lower amounts of arsenic than rice grown in other parts of the country. I really like Lundberg Organic which is grown in CA and Alter Eco because they do regular testing and publish their results. If you don’t want to use brown rice in this recipe, wild rice or quinoa would be equally delicious!
- 1 cup cooked brown basmati rice
- 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 carrots, shredded
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced
- 6 ounces cooked cubed chicken or tofu (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro (optional)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (vegan: use coconut palm nectar)
- ¼ cup low sodium tamari
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2-4 tablespoons filtered water
- To make the dressing, place all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until fully combined.
- For the salad, place all of the ingredients in a bowl. Pour some of the dressing over the salad until your desired liking. To serve, place half of the salad on a plate. Enjoy!
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