Brown Rice, Kale and Goji Salad

18 December 2014 | Recipes
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This is the perfect festive salad for your Christmas Day spread. I would make extra to ensure you’ve got enough for leftovers. It tastes great with a bit of Christmas protein thrown in too. Yum!

Brown Rice, Kale and Goji Salad

Serves 4-6


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 6 leaves of kale (see note below), stalks removed, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup goji berries
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey or rice malt syrup, optional
  • cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Cook rice according to packet directions. Drain. Cool.
  3. Meanwhile, place almonds on an oven tray and roast in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly roasted. Remove and cool.
  4. Place finely sliced kale in a large salad bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of the oil and salt and massage kale with your fingers working in the oil and salt. This will help soften it. Add rice, carrot, almonds, goji and coriander leaves. Stir to combine.
  5. To make dressing combine remaining oil, vinegar, honey and pepper until well combined.  Drizzle over salad. Toss to combine.

Note: I have tested the recipe above several times. It works. If you make substitutions due to allergies or flavour preferences I can not guarantee the results. Below are some substitute suggestions, but they have not been tested. If you follow them I would love to hear about your results in the comments below.


  • Brown rice: You can replace this with quinoa, buckwheat, millet, freekah or barley.
  • Kale: Replace with left green of your choice. Baby spinach, rocket and watercress would all taste delicious.
  • Almonds: Replace with nut of your choice. Pecans or walnuts would be the best substitution. A nut-free option would be sunflower seeds or pepitas.
  • Goji Berries: Cranberries, currants or sultanas.
  • Coriander: Mint or parsley.


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    I was just wondering how much of the oil is used to massage the kale and how much should be reserved for the dressing as the above only says to add the remaining oil? Can’t wait to make this this weekend for a christmas lunch I am going too. Thanks so much for the inspiration xx

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