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Brown Rice with Raw Veggies Salad

I'm back at it again!

I'm coming back to the fun group Cook the Books Club where we read a book and get inspired to create a recipe based on that same book.  This month we chose Hippie Food: Hoe Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat by Jonathan Kauffman, an interesting book on food culture.

Hippie Food tells the story of how people in my generation changed the way Americans looked at food.  I am of strong belief that the food culture of today was spawned from the baby boomers.  The book does get mired a bit in the macrobiotics but today, could that be what helps keto lifestyles count their macros?

I think Mr. Kaufman did wonderful work covering the history of the food culture.  New to me was the "hippie trail" which is now something I would love to do!  In all this book continues to show the idealism this generation brought to the world.  Thank goodness, as we all may be eating food that looks and tastes like cardboard more than we do now.

My inspirational dish is Brown Rice and Raw Veggies Salad.  With the spices I chose, it is a nod to the Hippie Trail!  This dish uses leftover brown rice and raw veggies with good oil and delicious spices. It is a great side dish for grilled pork steak (I'm a Missouri girl, loves her pork steak!) or as an awesome vegan meal.

Brown Rice and Raw Veggies Salad

Brown Rice and Raw Veggies Salad

Yield: 6
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 30 M
A flavorful rice salad that is so good for you!


  • 4 c cooked brown rice
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t garam masala
  • 1/4 c carrots, cut into small pieces
  •  1/2 c chopped broccoli
  • 1/4 chopped red onion
  • 4 leaves of basil


  1. Put the olive oil, red wine vinegar, curry powder, salt and garam masala into a jar and shake vigorously.  I use an old mayonnaise jar.
  2. Add chopped veggies and shake to coat.  Refrigerate overnight.
  3. In a large bowl, add the rice and the contents of the jar and stir.  Garnish with basil.


When I make brown rice, I made extra to make this salad. Perfect picnic salad since there is no mayo!
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  1. I'm so happy you joined us for this round Terri--it's great to have you back! I'm glad you enjoyed the book and your rice salad looks flavorful and delicious. I love all things curry. ;-)

  2. Terri, so glad you made this round, too. I am pinning this. It's perfect for a summer meal. Be well!

  3. Glad you decided to join us Terri. I love that this salad starts with leftovers.

  4. Welcome back, Terri: nice to have you join us again. Great choice of recipe for a summer take on brown rice :)


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