Warm Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad with Cherries and Goat Cheese

I was VERY surprised by this recipe. This dish was EXCELLENT! I could eat this every week. My kids didn’t love it, but oh well. This is super-easy to make and comes together in no time. LOVED it.

rating: 9.8

Warm Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad with Cherries and Goat Cheese
(Cooking Light)

serves 4

Ingredients:

1 (8.8-ounce) pouch precooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben’s)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (couldn’t find white, used regular)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
32 cherries, pitted and quartered
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

Directions:

1. Heat rice according to package directions. Place rice in a medium bowl. Stir in onions and next 7 ingredients (through chickpeas). Sprinkle evenly with goat cheese.

TIP: If you can’t find fresh cherries, add 2 tablespoons boiling water to 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cherries. Let stand 10 minutes; drain and chop.

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