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Brown Rice Salad with Apples, Raisins and Blue Cheese

Brown Rice Salad with Apples, Raisins and Blue CheeseA delicious rice salad with chewy, whole grain brown rice, chopped apples, red onion, celery, raisins and blue cheese crumbles tossed in a white wine vinaigrette.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups whole grain brown rice
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin Blue Cheese, crumbled - divided use
1 1/2 cups green apple, diced (1 medium)
3/4 cup red onion, diced
1 cup celery, thinly sliced (3 ribs)
1/2 cup raisins

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine rice and water in a medium saucepan and stir lightly. Bring to a rolling boil. Cover tightly and reduce heat. Simmer 35 minutes or until water is absorbed. Cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil. Add rice. Stir in 3/4 cup blue cheese, apple, onion, celery and raisins. Cool. Refrigerate two hours or more to allow flavors to blend. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup blue cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.