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Brown Rice Salad with Charred Scallion Vinaigrette

A simple main course salad.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Salads
Cuisine: California
Keyword: easy brown rice recipe, main course salad
Servings: 3
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin - A Good Carrot


Cook the Rice

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed*
  • 2 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

Charred Scallion Vinaigrette

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 carrots
  • small handful cilantro leaves
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs, cut in half or quarters


  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add cardamom, star anise, and salt. Boil rice, uncovered, for 25 minutes, until al dente. Drain and discard cardamom pod and star anise. Put rice in a large bowl.

Charred Scallion Vinaigrette

  • Smash and peel garlic. Peel and roughly chop ginger. 
  • Cut apart scallion tops (dark green) from scallion bottoms (white and light green). Put green scallion tops over a hot grill or gas flame on the stove top for 15-20 seconds. Watch them carefully, they will burn like paper! Remove from heat. Set aside white and light green part of scallion. 
  • Combine charred scallion tops, rice vinegar, oils, honey, salt, garlic, and ginger in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Assemble the Salad

  • Shred or cut carrots into julienne. Roughly chop cilantro. Slice white and light green part of scallions. 
  • Pour scallion vinaigrette over still warm cooked brown rice in bowl. Add carrot, cilantro,  and white part of scallions. Toss to combine. Adjust flavor for salt, vinegar, and honey, adding more if needed. Garnish with sesame seeds and eggs.


*The rice is soaked for shorter cooking time. If the rice isn’t soaked, cooking time will be 35-40 minutes.


Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 137.5% | Vitamin C: 5.1% | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 8.3%