So here's the deal with red rice: it's just like brown rice but has a nutty flavor and a denser texture. The rice is actually red in color because it contains antioxidant pigments known as anthocyanins. It's also very high in nutrients due to the fact that the germ of the rice is left intact. But don't sweat it if you can't get your hands on red rice—you can easily just use black or brown rice, as they will not change the recipe's taste much. 

This recipe is bursting with slightly spicy and sweet flavors, one of my favorite combos. You will most likely go for second servings!

Caribbean Red Rice Salad With Chili- Apricot Dressing [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Serves

6

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Ingredients

For the salad:
  • 1 1/2 cups dried red rice
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 poblano chili pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1  pepper, seeded and chopped small
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked
  • 1 mango, pitted, skin removed, and chopped into cubes
  • 1 avocado, pitted, skin removed, and chopped into cubes
  • 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
For the dressing:
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 4 unsweetened, dried apricots, chopped (if they are hard, soften by soaking in warm water for 30 minutes)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (if they are hard, soften by soaking in  warm water for 30 minutes)
  • 1 date, pitted and chopped (if the date is hard, soften by soaking in warm water for 30 minutes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
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Preparation

  1. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a high speed blender and mix until very smooth
  2. Cook the rice with water according to the manufacturer's instructions.  Once cooked, let it cool.
  3. In a large salad bowl, put all of the salad ingredients together, including the rice.
  4. Add the dressing and mix well.
  5. Serve at room temperature or chilled
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