Harvest Brown Rice Salad with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries

This Harvest Brown Rice Salad, with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries, has an earthy feel that’s reminiscent of the harvest. You might almost forget it’s winter!  

This Harvest Brown Rice Salad, with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries, has an earthy feel that's reminiscent of the harvest. You might almost forget it’s winter!  

Harvest Brown Rice Salad

Even though I test new recipes every week, it still hits me.  I’m in a food rut. Again. Yes, I guess it happens to everyone. 

This general uninspired feeling struck last weekend when a gluten-free friend was coming to dinner.  Pull out the standard gluten free biscuits I thought.  Yup, same-ol’, same-ol’. 

Harvest Brown Rice Salad with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries has an earthy feel that reminds you of the goodness of the harvest. You might almost forget it’s winter. 

Rice Salad

But wait—how about a Harvest Brown Rice Salad? With Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries even!  A couple experiments later, I had… the hit of the party!

Now, part of my reason for wanting to showcase the rice was that I was entertaining the actual rice grower, among a larger group of farmer friends.  And he is, in fact, the first person to grow domestic rice in Wisconsin! Almost a local celebrity!  

Wisconsin grown rice

Historic Rice!

I did worry that a Harvest Brown Rice Salad might be a bit of a stretch.  Rice salads aren’t a dish that’s super common—you’re more likely to see pasta as a salad starch.  And when you do see rice salads, they often use wild rice. But brown rice has a beautiful nutty quality and is a lot more economical.  And it’s absolutely delicious!  

Check out the cranberries and sweet potatoes in this Harvest Brown Rice Salad

Check out those cranberries and sweet potatoes!

The add-ins of sweet potatoes, dried cranberries and hickory nuts (or pecans) are a sweet compliment to the nuttiness in this Harvest Brown Rice Salad.  And the whole dish together has an earthy feel that reminds you of the goodness of the harvest. You might almost forget it’s winter. 

Harvest Brown Rice Salad with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries has an earthy feel that reminds you of the goodness of the harvest. You might almost forget it’s winter. 

Harvest Brown Rice Salad with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries

I topped the salad with my own vinaigrette, but if you’re in a hurry, a good commercial dressing is totally fine.  (Just make sure it is gluten free if that’s what you are going for.) And if you’re really in a hurry, you can even find pre-cooked rice.  Just don’t tell anyone you heard that here 🙂     

I served this salad cold, but my husband decided to heat it up the next day and liked it that way too.  So… serve cold or warm. 

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Harvest Brown Rice Salad
Serves 8
This Harvest Brown Rice Salad, with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries, has an earthy feel that's reminiscent of the harvest. You might almost forget it’s winter!  
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
325 calories
37 g
0 g
19 g
3 g
2 g
167 g
175 g
7 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
167g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 325
Calories from Fat 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
29%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 175mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
93%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
3%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vinaigrette (or 3/4 cup of your favorite vinaigrette)
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or part balsamic vinegar)
  3. 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  4. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  5. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Salad
  1. 4 cups cooked brown rice
  2. 2 cooked, diced sweet potatoes
  3. ½ cup dried cranberries
  4. 1 small bunch parsley, coarsely chopped
  5. ½ cup pecans or hickory nuts
Instructions
  1. Blend dressing ingredients in a blender or shaker, or whisk together.
  2. Combine salad ingredients except the nuts.
  3. Right before serving add nuts and dressing to the salad, then toss together until well combined. (see note)
Notes
  1. Even though I add the dressing and nuts at the end, to minimize absorption & stay crisp, the leftovers are still delicious!!
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calories
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fat
19g
protein
3g
carbs
37g
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6 thoughts on “Harvest Brown Rice Salad with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks David, I just made this for bookclub where it was also well received. Time to play more with rice salads I guess!

  1. grace

    you’re right–i’ve never eaten a rice salad! but why not? i think it definitely works, and i love the stuff you added to it!

    1. Inger Post author

      I was happy with the combo too Grace–and I love getting some fruit and sweet potato in a starch side!

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