Everyone loves rice.  It’s the most important staple food for a large part of the world’s human population, especially in East and South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the West Indies.

The seeds of the rice plant are first milled using a rice huller to remove the chaff (the outer husks of the grain). At this point in the process, the product is brown rice. I’m sure you all know this chewier, nuttier form of rice that healthy folks eat instead of the typical white rice.

Personally, I like white rice.

Black rice is one of several black colored heirloom plants. It’s high in nutritional value and has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice…who knew?! I bet people would way rather eat black rice than brown rice. The rice council of America should start promoting that more. Then maybe Americans would get a little more fiber in their over-processed, fatty diets.

Wild rice isn’t rice at all! It’s actually four species of grasses. It’s not even directly related to Asian rice, although they are close cousins. Like close enough that it’s probably still not ok for them to marry and have kids. ;)

Weedy rice, also known as red rice, is a species of rice that produces far fewer grains per plant than cultivated rice and is therefore considered a pest. Take that red rice!

Isn’t that all you ever wanted to know about rice…and more? ;)

Ok, so now that you’ve had your little lesson for today. Let me introduce you to something delicious. This here salad is apparently made from the weedy version of rice, but I promise you it doesn’t taste weedy at all.

Truth be told, I wanted to use black rice because I thought the color would look pretty with the cranberries, oranges, and mint in the recipe. But the stupid little nyc supermarket I went to didn’t have black rice, and I wasn’t about to go to two or three other markets to maybe find it. Apparently, black rice turns purplish when it cooks, so it probably wouldn’t have been all that much prettier than the red rice I ended up using.

Colors aside, this dish would be beautiful with whatever variety of rice is your favorite. Or even with another grain like wheatberries. That could be tasty.

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Cranberry-Orange Rice Salad
Slightly Adapted from foodman11 on Epicurious.com

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Serves 4

1-1/3 cups Black, Red or Wild rice
2 large oranges, supremed (peeled and sectioned)
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup diced toasted pecans
1/2 cup sliced scallions
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
sugar to taste

Prepare rice according to package directions; set aside until cool.

Combine cooled rice with remaining ingredients.

Let stand at least 20 minutes for flavors to blend.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.


  1. ahhh i learned so much about rice!! my favorite is steamed brown rice. its so good. the cranberry orange rice salad is so colorful and i’m sure packed with with flavor! #ricelove :D

  2. Sounds so healthy and delicious! I love all of the colors. Beautifully done.

  3. Lovely post Amy! Your salad is gorgeous! Packed with flavor and healthy

  4. I have been wanting to do a black rice recipe for a while. This looks like the perfect choice!

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  6. Oh what a perfect fruity rice recipe….
    Lovely!!! This salad looks so good and gorgeous.

  7. the salad looks so pretty with the dark colors and fruits! i have got to try this! #ricelove!! have an amazing weekend!

  8. Oh YUM!!!! I am excited to meet you, I love love your blog name:-) I love food, more food, and lots of food, LOL! This salad looks beautiful, and packed full of happiness! Hugs, Terra

  9. Pecan rice is popular down here. Love this recipe and thanks for the tutorial.

  10. So good to meet you through this blog hop! Beautiful dish. Oh, and my favorite is white rice, too ;-).

  11. Amy, what a great post – love how you set out the different types of rice and your recipe looks and sounds absolutely delicious. The citrus with mint and pecan is lovely (beautiful photos too).

  12. What a delightful combination of cranberry and orange in a rice salad ! Thanks for giving me this great idea. Must try this soon ! Great to cook along with you in #ricelove !

  13. Great rice dish! I definitely want to make this one-love all the flavors and textures in it! Sorry you couldn’t get the black rice, as I had two bags of it in my pantry…wish I could have shared :-). But, I bet red rice is delicious too-going to try some next time I make rice! Happy to have found your blog and to connect on #ricelove !

    • Aw man! I cant’ find black rice anywhere around me…but I think I remember seeing some at Trader Joe’s. I’ll have to pick it up next time I’m there! The red rice had a similar chewy texture though, so it all worked out :)

  14. Lovely salad, nice combination of fruit and rice. The red rice has a fantastic color! #ricelove :-)

  15. I think I’ve heard of all of these types of rice before but I definitely didn’t know so much about them! Thanks for this little tutorial!

    The red rice seems to go perfectly with the other ingredients in your salad. Yum!

  16. This rice salad sounds very good and it is a great color. I make a rice salad with white rice but yours is now on the top of my list.

  17. I’m a huge rice fan, but I’ve never tasted black rice. Love wild rice, but didn’t know that it’s four types of grasses. Yeesh, you’re just full of information…thanks for sharing! I definitely learned a few things. ;) This dish sounds awesome.

    • Hehe, I didn’t know these things either until I did my research :) You should definitely try black rice if you like brown or wild rice. It’s equally chewy.

  18. Thanks for such a great post. I had no idea there were so many kinds of rice. I’m excited to look for some of them in the store. This dish turned out so beautiful.

  19. I love fancy rices! My favorite is jasmine rice. I always make extra when we eat stir fry, just to reheat it the next day. I haven’t tried black rice before though…will have to try out your recipe here :)

    • I love jasmine rice too! I wonder what makes that different from plain white rice…because it tastes way better. let me know if you try out the recipe :)

  20. I am in love with this #ricelove entry! Now I just need to get my hands on some red rice. Looks so pretty and delicious :)

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