Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

The perfect thing to bring to a potluck.

Serving Size: 10

Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

When I ask what I can bring to a party, or when someone asked me, there are usually three main categories at play:  appetizer, side dish, and dessert.

This is the vegetarian side dish you’re always looking for when you’re hosting a crowd, or asked to bring something to a potluck.  This grain salad is easy, healthy, flexible and PRETTY.  Really really pretty.

Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

There are a number of brown rice varieties easily available these days, from brown basmati to brown jasmine, and of course plain regular brown rice works out just perfectly.

You might alway try other grains in place of the rice, such as quinoa, or bulgur or farro or wheat berries.  Farro and wheat berries are denser, so I would say 2 cups of those grains to the same amount of vegetables would be smart.  This way the salad won’t get heavy.  Or double the amount of vegetables and stick with the 4 cups of grains, either way.

Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

We do love a side dish that brings deliciousness and visual appeal while being able to withstand a car trip. Even a bumpy car trip.  And one that does all of this without breaking the bank.

I think this whole salad, which serves 10, could be produced for about 6 bucks worth of ingredients.  Not too shabby (and no need to share this piece of info with your guests).

Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

If you have another vinaigrette recipe you’re into, there is no reason not to try it here, instead of the one below.  The bit of sweetness from the honey plays really well against the very earthy ingredients in this brown rice salad, so if you can incorporate that, all the better.

And of course, the chorus of most contemporary food writing, feel free to change up the vegetables (and herbs) according to what is in season, and whatever you have on hand.  Just keep thinking about color and texture, and whatever you add will be fine.

Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

And if you are as besotted by the notion of grain salads as I am, here are a few more to get the creative juices flowing:

 

This Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad is the vegetarian side dish you're always looking for when you're hosting a crowd or going to a potluck.

Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

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Brown Rice and Vegetable Salad

  • 4 cups cooked and cooled long-grain brown rice
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced seedless cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or yellow onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

Honey-Lemon Dressing

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove finely minced garlic
  • Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. For the salad, in a large bowl combine the brown rice, carrots, cucumber, onion, radishes, celery, parsley and thyme.

This Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad is the vegetarian side dish you're always looking for when you're hosting a crowd or going to a potluck.

2. For the dressing, in a small container combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.  Pour the dressing over the brown rice salad, toss to combine very well, turn into a serving platter and serve at room temperature.

close up Brown Rice Vegetable Salad

This Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad is the vegetarian side dish you're always looking for when you're hosting a crowd or going to a potluck.

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3 thoughts on “Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing”

  1. Pam says:

    looks amazing! Exactly what I was looking for. I will let you know how it goes!!

    1. Katie Workman says:

      awesome, please do!

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