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Black Rice, Beet & Kale Salad with Cider Flax Dressing


This delicious salad resulted from an effort to create a hearty vegetarian dish while at the same time offering a delicious gluten-free option.

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  • 1 pound beets, halved
  • 2/3 cup uncooked black rice
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups packed, shredded raw kale
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed flaxseed oil OR extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Ground pepper, to taste


Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 250mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Add beets to a sheet of parchment-lined foil. Crunch into a ball. Roast for 1 1/2 hours, until tender. Cool until comfortable to handle. Cut beets into bite-sized pieces or wedges. Add to a large bowl.

In a medium pot, add rice and 1 1/3 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 40 to 45 minutes. Fluff with a fork and add to beets, along with kale and pecans.

In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients or shake in a jar. Add to salad. Toss to combine, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (overnight is best). Before serving, taste and adjusting seasoning if desired.

This salad will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

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