Rice, Lentil and Sour Cherry Salad

This Rice, Lentil and Sour Cherry Salad makes a perfect side to roast lamb or fish for a special dinner — but it also packs enough flavor to be a stand-alone star!

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 bags Success® Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Hearty and satisfying, this fruit, nut, rice and lentil salad is ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes. Use fragrant Success® Jasmine Rice to complement the sweet, savory and sour flavors of this tasty and refreshing salad.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Allow to cool.

    Step 2

  • Combine rice, lentils, almonds, sour cherries and parsley together in a large bowl.

    Step 3

  • Combine garlic, shallot, vinegar and honey together in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

    Step 4

  • Drizzle vinaigrette over rice mixture and toss to combine.

    Recipe Tip

    This salad can be made ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Vegetarian Meals

If you’re looking for great tasting meals that are completely meat free, this rice, lentil and sour cherry rice salad is a welcome change! Perfect for Meatless Mondays, it’s easy to prepare in advance and have ready to enjoy when you need it.

Although this dish is naturally vegetarian, you can make it vegan by subbing out the honey for another option such as maple or date syrup.

Alternatively, this dish also makes a great side for proteins such as lamb, fish, chicken or beef.

Homemade Vinaigrette

In certain dishes, the key to balancing out the flavor and tying everything together is a delicious dressing or vinaigrette. This recipe provides a simple option using just a few ingredients, including garlic, shallot, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper all whisked with olive oil. We suggest making a double batch and storing any extra in the fridge to enjoy with other rice salads throughout the week!

For another type of homemade vinaigrette, try one made with olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, lemon zest and shallot from this Quinoa Tabouli recipe.