Gluten-Free Saffron Rice Pecan Salad

Gluten-Free Saffron Rice Pecan Salad

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.


4.7 from 30 reviews
Gluten-Free Saffron Rice Pecan Salad
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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 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
  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.
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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115 replies
  1. Marta H.
    Marta H. says:

    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!

  2. judy
    judy says:

    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!

  3. Julie
    Julie says:

    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!

  4. Zack Latham
    Zack Latham says:

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

  5. Karen Brady
    Karen Brady says:

    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.

  6. Allison
    Allison says:

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

  7. Maya
    Maya says:

    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!

  8. Rene D.
    Rene D. says:

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

  9. Jodie
    Jodie says:

    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.

  10. Pat Damiano
    Pat Damiano says:

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

  11. Lori Williams
    Lori Williams says:

    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!

  12. Jessica Dennis
    Jessica Dennis says:

    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!!

  13. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    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. :)

  14. Shannon S
    Shannon S says:

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

  15. Amanda Paa
    Amanda Paa says:

    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!

  16. Sami
    Sami says:

    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

  17. Juli
    Juli says:

    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.

  18. Tori L
    Tori L says:

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

  19. stefania
    stefania says:

    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

  20. janet point
    janet point says:

    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.

  21. Shirley
    Shirley says:

    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.

  22. April
    April says:

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

  23. pat pelland
    pat pelland says:

    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.

  24. Mary Smith
    Mary Smith says:

    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!

  25. Kayte CookWatts
    Kayte CookWatts says:

    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.

  26. Yana
    Yana says:

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

  27. Haynes
    Haynes says:

    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!!

  28. Donna
    Donna says:

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

  29. Suzanne
    Suzanne says:

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

  30. Becca
    Becca says:

    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!

  31. Amber
    Amber says:

    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!

  32. Jody Haller
    Jody Haller says:

    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!

  33. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    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. :)

  34. Amanda J
    Amanda J says:

    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!

  35. Mary Malnor
    Mary Malnor says:

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

  36. Danni Smith
    Danni Smith says:

    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!

  37. Kate
    Kate says:

    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.

  38. Kerrie
    Kerrie says:

    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.

  39. Gabrielle
    Gabrielle says:

    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 :)

  40. Pam
    Pam says:

    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!

  41. Denise
    Denise says:

    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 : )

  42. Natash Matveev
    Natash Matveev says:

    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.

  43. Gretchen W
    Gretchen W says:

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

  44. Pam
    Pam says:

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

  45. Rebecca Hermsen
    Rebecca Hermsen says:

    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!

  46. Diana
    Diana says:

    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!

  47. Kimberly A
    Kimberly A says:

    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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