This filling spinach salad with strawberries, nuts and cheese is made even heartier with a premium blend of Mahatma® Jasmine with Red and Wild Rice.
Cook rice blend according to package directions; let cool completely. Meanwhile, whisk together oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.
Toss rice, spinach, strawberries, basil, red onion, feta and pecans with the dressing until well coated.
Swap in goat cheese or mozzarella balls, sliced avocado, a nut blend with walnuts, almonds or toasted pine nuts. Keep it simple with just spinach or add in a blend of leafy greens like kale, romaine or swiss chard.
When you’re reaching for a lighter meal, leafy greens, fruits and nuts are definitely a great choice! But, with our premium blend of three different rice varieties like fragrant jasmine rice along with whole grain red and wild rice you can make your tossed greens into a filling rice salad that will keep you energized after lunch or satisfied for a dinner side dish.
Although this salad is loaded with all kinds of whole foods like nuts, strawberries, leafy greens and cheese, if you want some added protein, toss in cooked rotisserie chicken, canned tuna, hard-boiled eggs, crispy bacon bits or chickpeas.
Serve this salad on its own for a light lunch, or pair it with a heartier dish at dinner time like an Authentic Spanish Seafood Paella Recipe. Take a look at more meal ideas to pair as a side in our recipe collection.
If you’re trying to enjoy meals with more fresh ingredients like rice salads or rice bowls, one of the best ways to add more flavor is with homemade dressing! With a few simple pantry ingredients, you can put together dressings for meals or delicious dipping sauces for fingers foods like Chimichurri Sauce with Chorizo and Rice Empanadas.
Using balsamic, honey, Dijon and oil you can make a simple 4-ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, but, if you want to switch things up, make sure to check out our wide variety of other homemade vinaigrettes to dress up your meals.
Substitute blueberries for strawberries.