This flavor combination is incredibly delicious and satisfying! Our fresh salad recipe has got it all: sweet apples with crunchy pecans, savory chicken and tangy orange dressing served over an intriguing blend of Mahatma® Jasmine with Red and Wild Rice. Find out how easy it is below!
Cook the rice according to package directions. Let cool completely and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt and pepper; add rice and kale. Toss until well combined.
Add the chicken, celery, apple, pecans and cranberries; toss until well combined.
Eating vegetables and whole foods doesn’t have to be boring! The key is in finding the right flavor combinations so that your taste buds stay interested! This salad recipe is an excellent example of how delicious a rice salad can be.
Don’t let the colorful fruits and vegetables deceive you, this salad is more than just a side dish! The hearty mix of our Thai Jasmine Rice with red and wild rice along with the chicken and vegetables topped with a citrus orange dressing will keep you full and satisfied. Bring it to work or school for lunch and feel free to eat it for dinner as well.
Feel free to swap out and swap in ingredients to your liking, not a fan of pecans? Use slivered almonds or walnuts. Eating vegetarian? Sub in tofu for the chicken. You can even add in shredded Cheddar cheese or crumbled goat cheese to the salad, if desired. Or why not make a Vegan Paella by adapting this recipe.
One great way to switch up your salads is by switching up your dressing! Keep it interesting, use the leftover dressing from this recipe to top this Spicy Chicken and Rice Salad. Swap out the peanuts for pecans and leave out the cilantro. Keep experimenting with new flavors to find out what you like and keep your taste buds guessing.
For a more comforting dinner option, we recommend you give a try to this Mexican Yellow Rice. Have some leftover rice? Use it for your next salad meal!