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Brown Rice Chutney Salad

A simple rice salad in a cafe inspired thoughts of adding Indian spices and chutney to this dish. To fire things up, mix in a small amount of hot chili oil, tasting carefully as you go. —Brooke Martin, Greenfield, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup mango chutney
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 8 cups cooked brown rice, cooled
  • 3 medium carrots, shredded
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped if desired
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 cup salted cashews


  • In a large bowl, whisk the first six ingredients. Add the rice, carrots, cranberries, red pepper and green onions; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
  • Just before serving, add spinach and apple; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cashews.
Editor's Note
Look for garam masala in the spice aisle.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 469 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 7g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • glitterchatter
    Feb 12, 2015

    A hands-down winner! As one reviewer said, don't leave out any ingredients; the blend of textures and sweet-n-sour and spices is perfection. I searched for the spice mix called garam marsala without success, so I used the recipe "Easy Garam Marsala" on If you're looking for something different, this is truly a great salad.

  • kimspacc
    Jun 14, 2014

    Easy to make and great for a summer side dish!

  • Ellen Gines
    Jun 28, 2012

    I have made this delicious salad several times since it appeared in the magazine. My whole family loves it! The first time I made it, I only made half a recipe, and my husband and father-in-law ate ALL the leftovers before I got any. Needless to say, I make the entire 8 cups of rice now. I like it with a few drops of hot sauce, like Siracha.

  • redorothy123
    Jun 2, 2012

    I needed a Pot Luck summer dish & this was PERFECT! It was completely gone. Several people asked me to make it again & bring the recipe to share. My husband asked me to make it again for home so I cut the rice,fruit & veggies in half but not the sauce. I have made it several times now but substituted the cranberries with other dried fruits like cherries, raisins, and even pineapple once. This recipe is great.

  • howeavenue
    Mar 20, 2012

    I have been eating this salad non-stop since I made it. It is so delicious. It's also really pretty. My husband does the South Beach diet, and so this dish is perfect with its whole grain rice, veggies and nuts. I cut the spinach into thin ribbons and stirred it into the salad,which I prefer to whole leaves. I also used pineapple chutney b/c I couldn't find mango chutney in the store, and it tastes great. I also used red onion instead of green. I don't think I used 8 cups of rice, though. I like a lot of sauce/dressing and add ins and was concerned the rice would overpower the dish. So I used maybe even half of what is called for here. The mixture of sweet and heat plus the crunch of the nuts is really wonderful. Don't leave out any ingredient. They all mix together to make a fabulous dish. I also like the fact that it's different and not the same-old/same-old. I will definitely bring this to picnics all summer.