A healthful salad with a yummy orange juice tang!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan combine rice and water. Cook over high heat until mixture boils. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 45 to 60 minutes or until rice has absorbed all liquid.

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  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk the orange juice, oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, orange zest and salt. Pour dressing over hot cooked rice and mix well. Cover and chill until cold.

  • Just before serving stir the spinach leaves, oranges and onion into the rice mixture.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; protein 7g 14% DV; carbohydrates 80.8g 26% DV; fat 9g 14% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 310.9mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2004
I don't know how the original recipe would have come out but w/ the way mine came out I'd give it 5-stars! I made some minor adjustments: 1)I added in a clove of garlic as another reviewer recommended- it was strong at 1st but great the next day just right. 2)Secondly after tasting the salad I felt it was too "vinegary " (like another reviewer found it to be) so I added in another tbsp or 2 of oil & some more OJ (about 2-3 tbsps). An alternative would be to cut back on the vinegar to begin w/ to about 1/2 the amount. 3)The recipe says to stir in the spinach onion & oranges right before serving but the next day after having sat in the dressing the salad tasted sensational- MUCH better! The 1st day I would have given it 3-4 stars but the second day I'd give it 5! The spinach leaves & rice really soak up the flavor. This is definitely a salad that's better to make the night before serving. I also added in some diced cooked chicken breast I had leftover from the night before & made it into a whole meal. That was delicious! I've submitted a photo of this recipe. Hope they approve it & post it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/26/2003
Way too much rice for the rest of the ingredients. But rice was good and the left over portion will make another salad. Read More
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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2004
I don't know how the original recipe would have come out but w/ the way mine came out I'd give it 5-stars! I made some minor adjustments: 1)I added in a clove of garlic as another reviewer recommended- it was strong at 1st but great the next day just right. 2)Secondly after tasting the salad I felt it was too "vinegary " (like another reviewer found it to be) so I added in another tbsp or 2 of oil & some more OJ (about 2-3 tbsps). An alternative would be to cut back on the vinegar to begin w/ to about 1/2 the amount. 3)The recipe says to stir in the spinach onion & oranges right before serving but the next day after having sat in the dressing the salad tasted sensational- MUCH better! The 1st day I would have given it 3-4 stars but the second day I'd give it 5! The spinach leaves & rice really soak up the flavor. This is definitely a salad that's better to make the night before serving. I also added in some diced cooked chicken breast I had leftover from the night before & made it into a whole meal. That was delicious! I've submitted a photo of this recipe. Hope they approve it & post it. Read More
(56)
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2004
I MADE THIS SALAD FOR A LADIES LUNCHEON AND IT RECIEVED RAVE REVIEWS. I COOKED THE RICE IN SWANSON'S VEGETABLE BROTH AND ADDED DRIED CRANBERRIES FOR COLOR. WOULD MAKE THIS AGAIN IT IS A WINNER. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
This turned out great! I will definately make again... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2003
I varied the actual salad quite a bit so I can't comment on that but this dressing is AMAZING. Seriously it is one of the most delicious concoctions I've seen in a while! Thank you so much I will use this as a salad dressing and a marinade. So good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
Based on a couple of reviews that said this dish was bland I made some modifications and the dish was delicious. I toasted some slivered almonds and added about 1 1/2 tsp. of Mrs. Dash seasonings. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2004
For added zip to the orange juice mixture add on clove minced fresh garlic. Works very well. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2003
Way too much rice for the rest of the ingredients. But rice was good and the left over portion will make another salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
Great 'company' dish on a hot day. Served with BBQ chicken breast it made an awesome meal - highly recommend it!! The rice when cooling absorbs the orange juice and creates a really nice flavor. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/14/2003
I thought the balsamic vinegar overpowered the orange and the honey. It tasted more like balsamic vinegar rice and plain spinach. Read More
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