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Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad

This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for fall. From Sprinkles and Sprouts
This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for fall.

This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for fall. From Sprinkles and Sprouts.

This is the second black rice and pumpkin dish I have shared in as many weeks, but I can’t help it. I LOVE pumpkin, so when spring hits here (and thus fall hits the states) I jump on that pumpkin train and ride it all the way through ’till thanksgiving (and beyond 😉 )

And Black rice is my latest addiction, regular readers will know I get food addictions!!! Charred lemon is still a favourite, although I progressed to charred lime in this weeks gin and tonic.

(Get my recipe for charred lime G&T with fresh coriander here)

This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for fall. From Sprinkles and Sprouts.

And my pasta addiction hasn’t wained in 25 years!!!

But Black Rice is a new one, I love the sweet nutty taste and the fact it doesn’t take forever to cook like wild rice or brown rice.

My other black rice salad can be found here. Mexican Black Rice and Pumpkin SaladThis Mexican Black Rice and Pumpkin Salad is packed with flavour. Honey and Cumin Roasted Pumpkin, nutty sweet black rice, creamy avocado, spicy chilli, zingy lime and fabulous fresh coriander. So many fabulous flavours that make this salad a taste explosion. From Sprinkles and Sprouts #SundaySupper

I do wish black rice stayed black after cooking, the colour straight from the packet is so dramatic – although I do love the red mahogany hue it has when cooked.

That is what makes this Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin so pretty. You have the gorgeous red/purple rice, the vibrant orange roasted pumpkin, the bright white goats cheese and the flashes of green/pink pistachio. It is a technicolour salad perfect for fall.

This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for fall. From Sprinkles and Sprouts.
Just look at the beautiful colours in this Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Salad.

Isn’t it beautiful!!! It also tastes delicious, which is pretty important 😉

The pumpkin is coated in a glaze of olive oil and maple syrup and then roasted until tender and lightly charred. Sweet tasty chunks of fall yumminess!!!

This sweet pumpkin is paired with creamy tangy goats cheese. OH SO GOOD!!!!

Doesn’t this picture makes you drool!!!!!

This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for fall. From Sprinkles and Sprouts.

I made a big batch of this up and once I had eaten pretty much my body weight up, I handed out a couple of boxes to friends for a final taste test.

It was a bit of a hardship to give this Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Salad away, but sharing is caring 😉

And I know my gorgeous friends appreciate the food and are my most honest critics. This salad could have won awards. The feedback was sensational!!!

I am going to make a side of this for my Thanksgiving menu this year. It is perfect as a side or a vegetarian main. WINNER!!!

This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for fall. From Sprinkles and Sprouts.

Enjoy x


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This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for fall. From Sprinkles and Sprouts
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Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for Thanksgiving.
Servings: 8 as a side (4 as a main)
Calories: 303 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup black rice
  • 1 small pumpkin see notes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp shelled pistachio
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goats cheese
For the dressing:
  • 2 tbsp evoo
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/390ºF.
To Cook the Rice
  1. Place the black rice in a sieve and wash the a couple of times.
  2. Bring 750ml (3 cups) of water to the boil, salt it and then add the black rice.
  3. Bring to a simmer, put and the lid and turn the heat to low.
  4. Cook the rice for 35 and then let it sit off the heat for a further 10 minutes.
Whilst the rice is cooking prepare the pumpkin.
  1. Cut the pumpkin in half and use a spoon to remove the seeds.
  2. Cut/peel the skin away from the pumpkin and then cut the flesh into chunky 'pieces'.
  3. Lay the pumpkin over a lined baking sheet.
  4. Mix together the olive oil and maple syrup, season the mixture with salt and pepper and then drizzle over the pumpkin.
  5. Roast for 25 minutes until soft and charred on the edges.
Whilst the pumpkin is cooking prepare the dressing.
  1. Combine the extra virgin olive oil, orange juice, mustard and maple syrup in a screw-top jar/bowl.
  2. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
  3. And shake/stir until well combined
To serve
  1. Take a large bowl, add the rice and tip in the pumpkin along with any remaining oil on the baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle over the dried cranberries, pistachios and then the crumbled goats cheese.
  3. Serve with a drizzle of the maple dressing.
Recipe Notes
1 small pumpkin yielding 4 cups raw peeled and cubed

 

 Nutritional Info Based on serving 8 as a Side Dish

 

 
Nutrition Facts
Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Potassium 1382mg 39%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
Sugars 12g
Protein 6.5g 13%
Vitamin A 291.1%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for Thanksgiving. From Sprinkles and Sprouts.

This Black Rice, Goats Cheese and Maple Roasted Pumpkin Fall Salad has it all!!! Nutty sweet black rice, sweet smoky pumpkin, fresh tangy goats cheese, sweet cranberries and crunchy pistachios. Delicious as a main or a side, this is the perfect dish for Thanksgiving. From Sprinkles and Sprouts.

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  2. Reply

    I am a passionate lover of salad but this is a first time I am seeing such an awesome recipe. Excellent, easy, nutrient-dense and healthy salad recipe. Can I add a bit of lemon zest, Claire?

    1. Reply

      I think a touch of lemon zest would work fabulously.
      I hope you love it 😀

  3. Reply

    The photos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Loving the Fall colors of the dish. I have so many different types of rice at home, I’m not sure I could justify buying black rice as well… but that doesn’t mean I won’t do it. Looks like a good recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you 😀
      I know what you mean about types of rice!!!
      I am always buying different variants of things! Last time I sorted out my pantry I had 8 different types of salt!!!!

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