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Bejewelled Brown Rice Salad

May 27, 2015


Brown Rice has always had a bit of a bad rap in our house and I think it’s all because of the fateful day I made a horridly bland brown rice dish a few years ago. It’s always amazing how tastes get etched into our minds and we often associate them with a great memory, or a bad one. 

This salad is far from bland. It’s a gem.

Little snippets of cranberries, diced capsicum,  kernels of corn, roasted sunflower seeds be-speckle and bejewel this easy to whip up salad.


Bejewelled Brown Rice Salad

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Great Brown Rice Salad, full of nuts, vegetables and fresh herbs.


  • 400g Brown Rice
  • 1/2 Green Capsicum (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 Red Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 can Corn Kernels
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Raw Cashews (Roasted)
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts (Roasted)
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 handful Parsley (Chopped finely)
  • 1 handful Coriander (Chopped finely)
  • 1 handful Mint (Chopped finely)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (Crushed)
  • 2 Lemons (Juiced)
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • Pepper (To taste)


Step 1
Cook Rice according to packet instructions. For Thermomix; Weigh 400gr rice in basket, add 900gr of water and cook for 35 min, speed 4, 100deg.
Step 2
Roast nuts and seeds in a dry pan till golden in colour.. but not burned! Eew.. the smell of burned nuts, not so pleasant!
Step 3
Mix garlic, soy sauce, oil, lemon juice and pepper to form a dressing.
Step 4
Combine rice, vegies, herbs, salad dressing and nuts in a large bowl. Test for seasoning.

Do you have a favourite Brown Rice Recipe? Let me know! 


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  • Priscilla May 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    My mum was using brown rice probably 30yrs ago. She used to make a salad with brown rice, chopped almonds and French dressing….so simple and so yummy! She was a great cook and loved trying new things – especially if they were healthy – my friends mostly thought what we ate was a bit weird I think but I don’t remember ever really caring…
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    • Tash May 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      It’s funny when my kids say things are ‘weird’ it’s often because they aren’t used to it! I love the nutty taste of brown rice.

  • Cat @That Bettie Thing May 28, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    How can you not have a crack at something that has the word Bejewelled in the title! My step mum made a brown rice salad with some similar ingredients at Christmas and it was yummy. It wasn’t Bejewelled though. I shall have to give this a try!
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid May 30, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    You had me at bejewelled! It looks so delicious but I’d have to skip the cranberries , I have this weird thing going on where I can’t eat dried fruit in a savoury dish! That dressing sounds the tops!
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    • Tash May 30, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Lol, you sound like Rob! He doesn’t like anything fruity in a savoury dish! It’s a great salad Sammie.. perfect for a quick lunch too!

  • Shannon@ my2morrows May 31, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I need to get more adventurous with my salads and this looks so yum! A good one to take to work!
    Im a big fan of fruit in salads, whether that’s cranberry, mango, orange, appLe or pear. Makes them kinda refreshing! Xx
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    • Tash June 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Oh I love fruit in salad too Shannon! This is a really great salad to make for lunches. The kids took it to school in their little thermos flasks! x

  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages June 1, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I love that it is ‘bejewelled’. I like the look of your combination so will be giving this a go for lunch one day soon!
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    • Tash June 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      lol.. the bejewelled! It’s been doing my head in every time I type the word.. jewel is one of those words that I have to say out loud.. It’s a yummo salad!

  • Sonia Life Love Hiccups June 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I just love brown rice with green chickpea curry.. I dont know why but it feels more meaty lol xx
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    • Tash June 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      I have to start using brown rice a whole heap more and it’s so easy to cook in the Thermomix as well.. Just got to get the family round to thinking that way! x

  • Maxabella June 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

    This looks truly delicious for a mid-week lunch for me, Tash. I’m pinning! x
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    • Tash June 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      It’s a great dish to make for dinner one night, then lunch the next! x

  • Zoe from A Quirky Bird June 4, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Oh hello did you say cranberries, cashews and pine nuts all together, heaven. It looks amazing. Zoe xx
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    • Tash June 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Zoe, It’s a wonderful concoction! Enjoy if you make it! x

  • Jane December 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner…it was yummy 😃 I loved all the different flavours and the crunchy texture.

    • Tash February 10, 2017 at 8:42 am

      It’s a favourite around here! And you can change it around a lot – use what ever you have in the pantry!


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