Brown Rice Salad with Bok Choy

This Brown Rice salad with Bok Choy and Orange Sesame Dressing is a very versatile salad that can be made with or without chicken.  It is full of healthy ingredients and packed with flavor.  This is a fun salad to bring to a party because it is easy to make and can be done ahead of time, stored in an air-tight container and brought out right before serving.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 4 cups brown rice, cooked and cooled
  • 1½ cups cooked shredded chicken (optional)
  • 1½ cups shredded carrot
  • 3 baby bok choy, rinsed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds

Orange Sesame Dressing

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1½ tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1½ tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup canola oil

 

Directions

To make the salad:

  • Combine the brown rice, chicken, shredded carrot, bok choy, peas, cilantro, scallions and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine.

To make the Orange Sesame dressing:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl or liquid measuring cup. Whisk vigorously until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • Add the dressing to the bowl with the salad, a bit at a time, tossing gently to coat. Taste and add more dressing as necessary.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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