Recipe: Pumpkin, Bean & Rice Salad

After playing around with black rice after first buying it (like with this salad!) it had snuck its way to the back of my pantry and I promptly forgot about it (which possibly says a lot about the state of my pantry!) until I was looking for something to make a side dish with and stumbled across it again! Of course, you could make this salad with brown rice if you’d prefer, but there’s something about the colour and slightly nutty flavour that I really like about black rice, so if you can get your hands on it I highly recommend giving it a try!

I ate this dish warm as a side for dinner when I first made it, and then ate the leftovers as a cold salad at work and it’s equally delicious both ways!

Ingredients List

  • 1 cup black rice
  • Half a pumpkin
  • Snow peas
  • Green beans
  • 2tbs honey
  • 2tbs seeded mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Pumpkin, Bean & Rice Salad


  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Cook rice using your favourite method (I’m a rice-cooker girl!)
  3. Peel and dice the pumpkin, drizzle in oil and roast for 20-30 minutes until cooked through but not too soft
  4. Trim the ends off the beans and snowpeas and steam for 2-3 minutes, until bright green and still crisp
  5. Cool the beans and peas in cold water to stop the cooking process, then drain
  6. Combine the honey, mustard, vinegar and oil in a bowl and whisk until well combined
  7. Combine all ingredients in a serving dish and drizzle over the dressing
  8. Enjoy!

Pumpkin, Bean & Rice Salad

Yummo! Nice and colourful and full of different flavours and textures – super important in a salad I believe!

Pumpkin, Bean & Rice Salad

Have you cooked with or eaten black rice before? Fancy giving it a try?

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2 Comments on Recipe: Pumpkin, Bean & Rice Salad

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm (10 years ago)

      Black rice is delicious isn’t it? I need to play with some uses other than salads soon – I think a breakfast dish might be my next attempt!


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