Harvest Blend Salad

harvest blend recipe
Today I have another 2 for 1 rice/salad recipe for you. I came across this exotic rice blend at Trader Joes the other day and thought it would make a great cool rice salad for the warmer months. The blend includes israeli couscous, red quinoa, baby garbanzo beans, and orzo. ┬áThis salad is a hybrid of a tabouli and a balela; I am just going to call it “Harvest Blend Salad.” Fresh ingredients like parsley, mint, basil and fresh squeezed lemon make this a nutrient dense dish with pops of clean flavors. The addition of black beans and chickpeas amp up the protein making this an ideal dish for vegetarians. It is also a great dish to bring to parties and would travel very well without spoiling.

Harvest Blend Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 c trader joes harvest blend rice
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 c red onion, minced
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 c finely chopped parsley
  • 2 medium mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 large basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook rice according to package. Cool in refrigerator while preparing the rest of ingredients.
  2. Combine tomatoes, onion, and beans in a large bowl.
  3. Add chopped herbs. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add rice and stir to combine.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic.
  6. Drizzle dressing over salad. Stir to coat.
  7. Refrigerate until serving.
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