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Cannellini Beetroot Rice Salad - vegan & gluten-free

Cannellini-Beetroot-Rice-Salad - vegan & gluten-free

This quick & colourful salad is proof that salads don't need to be boring or even green. It's fruity, nutty and filling without being too heavy. Enjoy!

[:de]Kategorien[:en]Course Tags[:] Salad, Side Dish
Tags beans, beets, gluten-free, plant-based, rice, vegan, vegetarian
[:de]Garzeit[:en]Cook Time[:] 15 minutes
Rice cooking time: 15 minutes
[:de]Portionen[:en]Servings[:] 4


For the salad:

  • 1 cup | 170 g basmati rice
  • 40 g walnuts, roughly chopped (about 1 handful)
  • 1x 400 g can of cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1x 150 g can of sweet corn, drained
  • 1 apple, cored & diced
  • 2-3 stalks of fresh basil, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 2 small beetroots, cooked*
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 4 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar (condimento bianco)
  • 2 Tbsp native olive oil
  • 1 heaped Tbsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 Tbsp beetroot juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp chervil
  • pinches of salt, pepper & nutmeg


  1. First cook the rice according to package instructions. (This normally takes 15-20 minutes.) Then let it cool slightly.

  2. While your rice is cooking, you can roast the walnuts in a dry pan over medium heat, until they start getting brown and fragrant (approx. after 5 minutes). Set aside.

  3. To make the dressing, simply combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and season again if needed.

  4. Now combine the cooled rice, nuts, beans, corn, apple & basil in a big bowl, pour over the dressing and mix through.

    You can decorate your salad with some additional basil leaves & a sprinkle of sesame, if you like. πŸƒ


*I always buy a pack of precooked ones and use about half of it. The rest is perfect for my morning-smoothies. πŸ˜‹


I always choose organic produce whenever possible. Itβ€˜s not only better for my health (and yours, too), but also for our environment. πŸŒπŸ’«πŸ’š