Gluten-Free Saffron Rice Pecan Salad

by Amie on June 10, 2013

O boy! Do I have the easiest most amazing dinner for you tonight!

I’m not gunna lie…I made this vegan salad the other night as a way to use up what I had in my fridge and it turned out to be a gluten and dairy free masterpiece. My family loved it, but that doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. They’d eat a sock if it was covered in hummus.

Simple rice is tossed with creamy hummus then jazzed up with pecans, dried cherries, asparagus, scallions, cilantro and pretty lettuce leaves. If you can believe it, this recipe can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes is you make the rice ahead of time (say…the night before).

Easy, right? Told ya it was simple.

It’s great for a weeknight dinner and leftovers taste twice as good the next day.

O ya and toss in a bit of fresh lemon zest while you’re at it.

When in doubt, add lemon zest, sea salt and crushed red pepper flakes.

That, folks, is the secret to my easy ‘Clean’ cooking.

 

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Gluten-Free Saffron Rice Pecan Salad
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 6
 
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup uncooked rice
  • ½ tsp. saffron threads
  • 4 Tbsp. Sabra Traditional Hummus
  • 1 bundle fresh asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces and ends removed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅙ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ⅓ cup pecan halves
  • 3 cups mixed salad greens
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Add in saffron threads 5 minutes into cooking.
  2. Remove from heat, add in asparagus pieces and mix well to combine. Cover and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine rice mixture with humus. Add scallions, cilantro, sea salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, dried cherries and pecans; gently toss to combine.
  4. Serve rice mixture amongst six plates atop a bed of fresh salad greens.
Notes
Servings: 6 Serving Size: ~1 cup Calories: 253.9 cal • Fat: 7.9 g • Protein: 6.5 g • Carb: 43.9 g • Fiber: 4.2 g • Sugar: 3.4 g • Sodium: 116.3 mg

 

 

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Kayla June 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

This salad looks awesome!

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Kristin June 10, 2013 at 7:08 am

Looks amazing!

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Marta H. June 10, 2013 at 7:09 am

Looks so delicious-I want it for breakfast ;)
Thanks for the recipe-never thought of putting rice
in a green salad. I’ll make this one!

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judy June 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

I think I’m supposed to comment here for the contest posted on FB. I love salads! I don’t eat any grains, so I can see substituting cauliflower ‘rice’ in this recipe Sounds delish!

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Julie June 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

Amie – that salad looks amazing! Never thought to toss rice in with hummus! Def. going to add that to our menu! As always thanks for the awesome recipes!

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Rene D. June 10, 2013 at 7:16 am

I love organic girl salads!! We buy ours every week. Love the spinach salads.

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Samantha June 10, 2013 at 7:17 am

This recipe looks wonderful!
Would also liked to be entered for the greens contest!

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Zack Latham June 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

That looks great! I bet sun dried tomato hummus would go well with this salad too (or even replacing the hummus with guacamole)

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Karen Brady June 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

This salad looks and sounds awesome. I am new to clean eating, something my sports nutritionist is directing me toward since our first meeting yesterday. Definitely going to try this recipe out.

Also, would love to be entered for the greens contest. Thanks.

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Allison June 10, 2013 at 7:21 am

Would love to try this! And would love to be entered into the greens contest! Been looking for organic greens for a while!

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rachel June 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

Rice and hummus…what a creative combination. Enter me, too, please. :)

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Maya June 10, 2013 at 7:26 am

I love the use of rice in a salad. I always use couscous or quinoa, using rice did cross my mind but now I’m inspired as well :) thanks!

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Angela June 10, 2013 at 7:29 am

Looks Delish!

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Rene D. June 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

Commenting in reference to the fb giveaway. :) Love organic girl salads especially the spinach selection!! Also the recipe here looks yummy!!

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Jodie June 10, 2013 at 7:37 am

This recipe is making me drool. I eat alot of salads but more so now that summer is here. Definitely making this. Please enter me in the greens contest.
Thanks

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Pat Damiano June 10, 2013 at 7:42 am

Looks amazing !
Being a Celiac / Diabetic I just love the fresh , clean recipes that
are posted, so creative ! Thank you for sharing ~ Pat

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Amelia June 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

Yum! Another delish healthy dinner option!

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Christin Barone June 10, 2013 at 8:01 am

Looks like I just found my dinner for tonight! :)

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Jessica June 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

YUM!! I will have to try out this recipe. My entire family of eight loves salads!!!!

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Lori Williams June 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

You did it again!! Another delicious recipe AND easy. I was just wondering, the recipe title says saffron rice. I have never heard of that. In the ingredients list it just says rice. Is saffron rice better for you? Can you use any kind of rice, other than white, or is one nutrionally better than another? Hubby and I are doing good trying to make the switch to eating clean. But we want to do a lot better. We have a lot more weight to loose, but we are not giving up! Your recipes and wealth of information, along with the encouragement make it soooooo much easier. Thanks for everything. My hubby is diabetic and I want to stay away from things that would harm him. He had begun to feel signs of neuropathy in his feet, and we both are very concerned. We would love to reverse those signs and see his diabetes go away. Any suggestions on helping diabetics would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!

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Lori Williams June 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

That was supposed to be 5 stars, but it messed up. :/

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Amie June 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

Thanks Lori; great to hear from you! Happy to help anytime. Check out my Sugar-Free How To page on the right hand side and that should help! Enjoy. oxx

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Marie June 10, 2013 at 8:05 am

YUM! Love that it is easy, quick, and healthy!

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Marie June 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

Supposed to be 5 star rating… :)

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Laura Gay June 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

I have a salad everyday; they’re so many options! Please enter me in the give a way.

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Jessica Dennis June 10, 2013 at 8:21 am

wow this looks delicious! I would never have thought to mix saffron rice and hummus in a salad! I eat salads 5-8 times/week I will try this one!!

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Sharon June 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

I like the idea of hummus + rice. My kids will mix hummus with whole wheat pasta and go to town on that, so I bet they would like this, too. Thanks for a great idea! We are veg, so I”m always trying to find ways to load my kids with protein (and not with processed meat substitutes). Also, please enter me for the FB salad contest! That would be a dream. :)

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Shari Bonnin June 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

That’s a great salad idea. You could add any grain to it but I love that you tossed the rice with hummus.

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Brenda June 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

Amie this looks great. You always come up with such great meals!!!

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Karen D June 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

I’ll have to try this…looks so delicious, and I love saffron rice!

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Kim l June 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

I Have Never Added Rice To My Salad But It Looks Great!

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Shannon S June 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

Looks very delicious, easy & so healthy! A triple combo! Love the idea of adding the lemon zest & sea salt!

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Amanda Paa June 10, 2013 at 9:03 am

I just ran out of Saffron and will be running to get some today after seeing this recipe. Now that it’s finally getting a little warmer, there’s nothing better than meals made of hearty fresh salads. And I can’t imagine what I would do if I won a year’s worth of organic greens!

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Sami June 10, 2013 at 9:04 am

YUM! I love rice on salads! I think Chipotle got me started with that when I tried brown rice on a burrito bowl for the first time! :) Would love to be entered into the Organic Greens giveaway on Facebook! Thanks, Amie! <3
xo.

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Chris June 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

On the menu for tonight with a few variations, but thanks for the hummus and rice idea! Can’t wait!

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Juli June 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

So enjoy reading through a list of ingredients and thinking, yes – I love that, and I love that, and I love that… Put them all together? Sure, why not? Deliciousness ensues. Sometimes my attempt to use up items in the fridge turns out surprisingly well, and then other times – well, I’m happy I’m the only one eating it.

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Tori L June 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

Looks delicious! I’d love to try it and all your other salad recipes with winning the years supply of salad!

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Cecile VanTyne June 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

We’d love to win the greens from your Facebook giveaway. We eat salads every day and the one posted here looks so good!

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Kim June 10, 2013 at 9:24 am

Sounds amazing!

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stefania June 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

love when items in fridge come together for the latest greatest masterpiece and it’s “just” salad. What creations can actually happen when we put our minds to it. So much fun. and so pretty too

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janet point June 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

Wow! Looks wonderful. I am so blessed that my favorite co-op carries all these wonderful ingredients in bulk. Healthy food does NOT have to be expensive.

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Shirley June 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

Looks delicious!! Clever to use hummus in salad dressing ! Will leave out fruit and try with eggplant flavored hummus from Trader Joes for savory version.

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April June 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

This salad looks scrumptious! Would be a welcome blessing to win the greens contest! Would help the health and the pocketbook! :)

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Misty Joyner June 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

I live using Saffron in recipes and this one looks DELISH!

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pat pelland June 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

Looks luscious! Would a great way to start the day or as part of an eveing meal. I might switch out the rice with farro or quinoa for an added protein boost.

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Mary Smith June 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Amie, eating in Burlington, Vermont this weekend (about the best place to live healthy and organic in the USA) has given me renewed vigor in meal planning and preparation! Ever been to City Market there? Local and fresh incredible! You would love it!
Meals like your salad become possible and ingredients are easy to find at the height of freshness there!

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Amie June 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thanks Mary; I’ve never been there but sounds amazing!!!

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Kim PEbley June 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

You had me at organic. Can’t wait to try this. :D

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Amanda June 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Love this! Our kitchen stays stocked with organic greens too. :)

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merle June 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

LOVE this recipe!! I think I’m going to try it with quinoa — love that in a salad!! INSPIRED!

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Kayte CookWatts June 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I think if there is one thing that can make anything over the top delicious, it’s pecans! I can’t keep them in the house! I really love that you provide nutrition information as well.

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Yana June 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I love the use-whatever-is-in-your-fridge recipes! I would love to try this with Organic Girl salad mixes. Thank you!

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Haynes June 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Yum! I will have to try this! I love the saffron and all of the pretty colors. I bet its filling, too. And what a GREAT giveaway!!

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Barbara June 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Looks delicious!

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Paul June 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

looks awesome!

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Donna June 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Looks like another great recipe from Te Healthy Apple!
Love this Organic Girl giveaway….best giveaway yet..IMO

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Alexi June 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Looks delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Suzanne June 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Recipe looks fabulous! One that is definitely on my list to try. Thanks for the Organic Girl giveaway….love their product!

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julie June 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I love salad, I’m gonna try this one!
Thanks for the giveaway

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Becca June 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Gorgeous! I have read several times that mixing rice with a legume creates a perfect protein, so I think your hummus/chickpeas with the rice boost the protein in this fab salad!

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Katie June 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Yum-o! Yes please!!!!

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Julia June 11, 2013 at 6:15 am

Oh wow, everything I normally love to eat in different meals all in one salad? Yum!

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Amber June 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

I love salads, but have never bought saffron threads or even tasted them. I do love organicgirl salad boxes! We only get a couple in alaska, I’ve never seen the boxed kale, which I would love!

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Bree June 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

Yum!

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julie moon June 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

Delicious!

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Jody Haller June 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

This looks scrumptious! I love adding grains to my salad and can’t wait to try the saffron! I also love Organic Girl greens! Perfect combo. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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Kimberly A. June 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

I have saffron and didn’t know what to do with it! I’m trying this!

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Amy Sanford June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

Yum! Now I’m hungry.

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Laura C. June 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

I absolutely love baby greens and the organic, pre-washed kind are the best! Making salad couldn’t be easier :-)

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Lynn June 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I’m definitely going to try out this salad soon! I love it that people are coming out with more and more gluten-free recipes!

Also, I would like to be entered for the Organic Girl giveaway, please. :)

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Melissa June 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I love salads! I have at least one, every day. It never gets old!

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Amanda J June 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

That looks amazing! I make a lot of salad and I’m always trying to think of fun new additions to add on top (wheat berries, bulgur, black bean ‘salsa’, etc) but I haven’t tried rice yet!

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yummychunklet June 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I love the touch of saffron in this salad!

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Gaby June 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Yum saffron! And I have a bunch of pecans from a friends farm I can use!

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Alli June 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Just reading today about the brain-health benefits of saffron. This looks yummy and it’s good medicine!

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Jennay June 12, 2013 at 1:08 am

This salad looks absolutely DELICIOUS! I <3 having salads for lunch. This one would be perfect!!

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Trish June 12, 2013 at 6:00 am

This looks amazing!!

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Healthy Salad Recipes June 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

This looks awesome … dressing is really outstanding , salad is looking different and delicious. I think it is the best salad I’ve seen . I can’t wait any more to eat such a delicious salad.

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Mai June 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

That salad looks incredible! I love the addition of the saffron rice.

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Raymond Clothier June 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Amie! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to.make this in the firehouse for my crew!

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Amie June 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Ray; so GREAT to hear from you buddy!!!

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Lara June 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Would love a chance to win the Organic Girl giveaway. I would be one happy girl!

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Debra Lee June 12, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Red pepper flakes make everything better!

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Angela Mortemore June 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

This salad looks great, can’t wait to try it!!!!

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Mary Malnor June 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

love salads for dinner in the summer and this one sounds like it’s going on the list. Love it. thanks for posting this.

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Danni Smith June 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Thank you so much for your posts!! So many healthy recipes from which to choose. After struggling since high school with weight issues and yoyo’ing back and forth between “x” fad diet and “y” fad diet I decided I was finished letting myself down. Just over a year ago I took charge and made a lifestyle change. I focused in and made time for exercise and really began to pay attention to what I was putting into my body. I started shopping organic as much as possible and took it a step further to try to purchase local as much as I could. I’ve lost weight, feel the best I ever have and I’m truly happy. It’s incredible what healthy eating can do–I never realized until I made a commitment to myself to do better. Thank you for helping in that journey with fresh, healthy, inspiring recipes!

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Amie June 13, 2013 at 8:09 am

Congrats Danni! YOU are my winner for the Organic Greens Giveaway. Please email TheHealthyApple@gmail.com with your address and phone number. Thank you!!! xoox

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Marie June 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Yum! No boring salad here! ;-)

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Joyce Cherrier June 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I love hummus too! Anything with pecans is a win to me ;) Looks and sounds delicious!

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Marlies June 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Haha I think I would eat a sock too, if it were covered in hummus! :)

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Melissa Jackson June 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I buy Organicgirl spinach for my green smoothie!

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Kate June 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Love the looks of this salad; you could use so many flavorful and delicious rice varieties in this, too. Never thought about using Hummus in that way, though. Sounds wonderful.

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Kerrie June 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I am loving a whole new level of salads lately! The “stranger” the ingredients the more I like them. Lots of flavor and very filling. I use organic girl lettuce when I can find it and have even started using it into smoothies.

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Marcella June 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm

That salad looks like it’s to die for! YUM!

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Gabrielle June 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I love organic girl greens and would love a chance to win the giveaway! Great idea to mix hummus into the rice. Sounds delicious, I think I might try this one tonight :)

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Pam June 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I just picked up some organic girl salad for dinner – would love to win the giveaway! This salad looks amazing, now that it’s getting hot here in Charleston, I eat salads for my main dish several times a week, thanks for the great recipe can’t wait to try it!

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Denise June 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I mix quinoa with hummus as my salad dressing all the time!! So good!! I would love love love to win your giveaway – I eat veggies for breakfast, lunch and dinner : )

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Caroline June 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Love a good salad! especially with a salty/sweet combo…

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Kim C June 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

This salad looks delish!!!!!

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Mara June 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Looks delicious!

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Christina June 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Thanks for the new recipe! It looks so yummy and healthy! :-)

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Kara June 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I will definitely be adding this to my dinner menu for next week!

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Natash Matveev June 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I love this! I have salad for dinner every night and I’m always looking for ways to spice it up. Always looking to make veggies more tastier and exciting so that my non-vegetarian husband and I can still enjoy delicious and nutritious meals together.

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Kristy June 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

This salad looks so delish!!! And loooove Organic Girl romaine lettuce leaves…they are lifesavers! :)

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Laura Dembowski June 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Super simple and easy dinners like this are the best! Lemon zest is one of my favorite ingredients. I bet it gives great pop of flavor to this salad.

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Gretchen W June 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

I love how this recipe can be prepared ahead of time to make for a super simple quick lunch the next day!

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Kim l June 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

I CouD Eat.Foods Giveaway FoodsorMany Meals….And I Would Love To Win WhOLE Foods Giveaway

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julie June 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

I definitely need to try this and would love to be entered in the giveaway

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Pam June 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for the great salad recipes!
Now….if only I had a new blender to whip up some awesome dressings with…hmmm. :)

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Kim June 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

Great recipe!

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Rebecca Hermsen June 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

This sounds delicious! Eating g-free means lots of salads, and I miss a bit of grain now and then. Never thought about adding some rice to one. Would love to win a Ninja! Thanks!

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Diana June 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I enjoy your postings both on the Website and Facebook. Would love to have the Ninjas to try more recipes. Thank you for all you do!

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Araceli June 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Wow would never have thought of that combination , please enter me into the giveaway :)

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Kimberly A June 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

This looks like heaven! Thank you for making my new gluten free life so wonderful!! Ninja Give A Way is exciting!

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