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Short Grain Brown Rice Salad with Tomatoes and Olives

I came across a version of this salad and I liked the idea, except it was made with wheat berries. Since wheat is a big NO-NO for me I switched out the grain to one that is delicious and has a toothsome chew – Short Grain Brown Rice.

This dish would be great for those that meal prep. It is simple to make add has few ingredients.

Rice :

  • 3 c vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 c short grain brown rice

Combine ingredients into a large dutch oven. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook rice until the broth is completely absorbed and the rice is tender.

Assemble:

  • Cilantro Dressing
  • 1 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 large kalamata olives, pitted, coarsely chopped

Combine all the ingredients: rice, Cilantro Dressing, tomatoes and olives into a large bowl. Thoroughly stir.

Note: This can be served warm, room temperature or chilled. Also, you could bulk it up with some mixed greens.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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Warm Lentil Salad with Confetti Veggies

This lentil salad can be served with greens or without. Either way it is a healthy, protein packed salad. Delicious is the perfect word for this salad. Tired of your everyday salads? Then gives this one a try. You can serve hot or warm as a side or a main salad.

The recipe is great for those that like to meal prep. You can use home fries (pictured below) or mashed potatoes as a base. It really does not matter because they are delicious all on their own.

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  • vegetable broth, for sautéing
  • 1 c yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 c celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 c carrot, finely diced
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp garlic clove(s), minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 c lentils, rinsed
  • 2 1/2 c vegetable broth
  • Cilantro Dressing

In a large skillet on medium, heat 1-2 tbsp vegetable broth. Add onions, celery, carrots and All-Purpose Seasoning. Saute until they are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.

Add garlic and bay leaves and saute until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.

Add lentils and saute with onion mixture, about 1-2 minutes.

Add broth to vegetable mixture and bring to a boil. Cover skillet and reduce heat.

Simmer until lentils are fully cooked and tender, about 45 minutes.

Combine lentil mixture with cilantro dressing. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Cilantro Dressing

The fresh cilantro in this dressing is a refreshing compliment to a salad. Add this dressing to any kind of salad; bean, legume, grain, greens.  It will take your salads up to the next level.

  • 3 tbsp cilantro, fresh, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch Himalayan salt and pepper

Combine all the ingredients into a mason jar. Securely seal the lid to the jar and shake. Pour over salad.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.