Asian Black Rice Salad with Ginger Orange Dressing
Asian Black Rice Salad with Ginger Orange Dressing is an easy black rice salad packed with edamame, crunchy vegetables, and plenty of Asian flavor!
We’re really traveling the globe this week, aren’t we? Earlier in the week it was South of the Border with my Chicken Taco Cups, and now this Asian Black Rice Salad with Ginger Orange Dressing will take you straight to Asia.
I guess you can’t say I never take you anywhere. 🙂
I’ve been really excited to share this black rice salad with you! The black rice is from one of my favorite brands, Village Harvest.
Village Harvest makes it easy to keep a healthy lifestyle this New Year because all of its rice and grains are natural and unprocessed, and they’re so easy to pair with a number of ingredients to create exciting recipes.
Excitement is exactly what we need to help us stay on track!
I’m a fan of Village Harvest because their products are top quality, perfect for a healthy lifestyle, and because they give back to communities through social development and sustainability projects.
They send funds that help schools and educational programs, provide clothing and food for children, and pledge to donate 1% of profits to support these global programs.
Village Harvest is always on the look out for new ways to be innovative looking for new ways to help farmers or discovering new possibilities in the kitchen.
It’s more than just rice…it’s global goodness in a bag!
Asian Black Rice Salad
If you’re not familiar with black rice, let me just give you a quick run-down. It’s got a delicious, earthy flavor, and it’s packed with vitamins, iron, minerals, and fiber. It’s also naturally gluten-free and heart-healthy.
It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
I loved working with this black rice because it’s so versatile. After several ideas, I finally decided to do an Asian spin.
I love Asian flavors, and this black rice salad has all of the qualities I love. It’s both sweet and savory, and it’s full of texture.
The vinaigrette alone oozes with umami flavor from the ginger, soy sauce, orange juice, and a splash of sesame oil. Combine that with the earthy flavor of the rice, sweet bell peppers, juicy orange, and savory green onions for a black rice salad recipe that’s bursting with flavor!
You’ll love the variety of textures going on in this dish. The black rice lends chewiness that’s the perfect contrast with the crunchy veggies, fresh orange and edamame — it’s just perfection.
Flavors and textures like this make healthy eating exciting!
This Asian black rice salad just goes to show that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. It’s flavorful, satisfying, and straight up addicting. It’ll have you coming back for more, and that’s ok.
It’s healthy, remember? 🙂
For the salad:
- 1 cup Village Harvest Black Rice, cooked according to package instructions and cooled
- 1 cup shelled edamame (thawed if frozen)
- 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 clementines or 1 small naval orange, peeled, sliced widthwise, and cut into small triangles
- 2 green onions, both white and green parts, sliced on the bias
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
For the dressing:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 1/2 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger*
- 1 small clove garlic, grated or chopped very fine
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Place the rice in a large serving bowl. Add the edamame, bell pepper, clementines, green onions, and cilantro to the bowl. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the rice wine vinegar, orange juice, soy sauce, honey or agave, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. Whisking constantly, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream. Add a pinch of salt if desired,
- Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine until the salad is well coated with the dressing. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using, then serve and enjoy!
- *I always have freshly grated ginger in a zip top bag in the freezer. Simply grate with a Microplane peel and all!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g