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Brown Rice Salad with Orange Chia Vinaigrette

By Fitnspicy @fitnspicy

Summer is in full swing; long days, bright sunny skies, warm nights and time to get together with friends. What I love most about summer is entertaining! Having friends and family over, opening up that bottle of wine, eating delicious food and sitting by the fire.


This is one of those salads that you can make ahead and it will make most people happy! It’s vegan, and you can easily change up the flavors or add some extra spice to it. This salad really feels like summer entertaining to me. Hearty brown rice, fresh cucumber and mint and a bit of sweetness from the dressing. So delicious.


Brown Rice Salad (2 of 2)


Brown Rice Salad with Orange Chia Vinaigrette

Brown Rice Salad with Orange Chia Vinaigrette

by A Fit and Spicy Life

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Keywords: salad vegan gluten-free


Ingredients (Serves 6-8)

  • 1 cup brown rice (I used gluten free)
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 2 scallions, finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 tsp orange zest

For the Dressing

  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Salt/Pepper


Cook rice according to directions, add about 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar and let cool.

In a large bowl combine cucumber, scallions, mint, and rice. Top with salt/pepper and vinaigrette.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and then serve.

For the Vinaigrette

In a medium bowl whisk juice, olive oil, chia seeds, orange zest and salt/pepper. Let stand for 20 minutes before pouring over the salad.

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