Southern Brown Rice Salad

This Southern-inspired Brown Rice Salad is loaded with great tasting ingredients like black-eyed peas, fresh vegetables and drizzled in an Italian dressing.

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Servings SERVES 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 1 can (16 oz.) black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 each minced garlic
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  • Packed with whole grains and veggies, this southern-inspired Rice Salad made with black-eyed peas, Success® Brown Rice and crisp fresh vegetables is the perfect addition to your next Meatless Monday meal.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Set aside and let cool.

    Step 2

  • Once cooled, place rice in a large bowl.

    Step 3

  • Add remaining ingredients; mix lightly. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Naturally Southern

Salads are a refreshing dish that can and should be made year round. They can be whipped up in a matter of minutes with freshly chopped vegetables alongside brown rice and other legumes for a great main or side dish. It is also naturally vegetarian and vegan if you’re choosing to move away from meat. However, since salads are so versatile feel free to add on any additional protein such as shredded chicken, hard boiled eggs or tuna.

This can also be used as a great meal prep idea during the week. Store it easily in the fridge and without lettuce, there is no need to worry about the leaves wilting as the days go by. You may want to reserve the dressing for each individual plate if you’re looking to make the salad last a few days.

Rice, beans and legumes oh my!

Black eyed peas are part of the beans and peas category which fall into the legume family. They help to give the salad that extra goodness and add to its benefits. If you’re not a fan, simply swap them out for chickpeas, lentils or Success® Tri-Color Quinoa.

If you don’t have a particular favorite Italian salad dressing, it can be simple to put together on your own from the ingredients you have in your fridge and store for your next meal like a Green Goddess Salad. Simply whisk together olive or vegetable oil, lemon juice, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and a dash of salt and pepper.