Black Rice & Date Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This vibrant rice salad pushes culinary boundaries.

This healthy Black Rice & Date Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette pushes culinary boundaries. Unconventional ingredients like black rice, dried dates, and argula give the dish a unique kick your taste buds will never forget.

Arugula, dried fruit, and toasted nuts are tossed together and coated with a mouthwatering vinaigrette. The greens are layered on a bed of nutty black rice and topped with crumbled feta. The salad presentation is stunning!

Did we mention this dish is absolutely bursting with health benefits? Black rice packs in a wonderful dose of disease-fighting nutrients, while the dates and argula delivers a boatload of vitamins and antioxidants.

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Black Rice & Date Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

This salad is loaded with unique and delicious flavors that go together perfectly.
Yield 6 people
Serving Size
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.



  • 1 cup black rice uncooked, rinsed well
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 4 cups spring mix or baby spinach
  • 1 cup dates halved
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta reduced-fat


  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place the rice and 2 cups water in a pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce heat to lowest setting, and allow to simmer for 50 minutes.
  • Strain any excess water from the rice, pressing down through a strainer. Rice should be chewy.
  • Cool the rice by laying flat on a baking sheet, uncovered. and placing it in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes, just until fragrant. Set aside on a plate to cool.
  • Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing (except olive oil) until combined. Slowly drizzle olive oil into the combined dressing ingredients, whisking all the while.
  • Add rice to a bowl. Add just enough vinaigrette to coat, while tossing.
  • In a separate bowl, toss greens, dates, and nuts with enough vinaigrette to coat.
  • Layer salad on a platter or bowl to serve. Start with the rice, add the dressed green salad mix, and lastly distribute the cheese crumbles on top.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Vegetarian

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