Lemony Rice Salad with Cannellini Beans and Hemp Hearts

This Mediterranean-inspired rice salad with creamy cannellini beans and Hemp Hearts can be served warm or chilled and makes a lovely vegetarian main or a flavorful side. Over 15 grams of plant-based protein per serving.

The weather is cooling down a bit and I know many people gravitate away from salads at this point in the year, but there’s still plenty of salad action happening over here. I’ve been sticking with the #saladeveryday movement, but adding some fall flavors in the mix like cinnamon roasted sweet potato croutons, fresh local apples, roasted pecans and more. It’s been delightful.

This Mediterranean-inspired rice salad with creamy cannellini beans and Hemp Hearts can be served warm or chilled and makes a lovely vegetarian main or a flavorful side.

Another way I like to transition salads into the fall and winter months is to serve them warm. I have a few examples here on the blog (including this sautéed mediterranean lentil salad) and I’m adding another with this lemony rice salad.

This Mediterranean-inspired rice salad with creamy cannellini beans and Hemp Hearts can be served warm or chilled and makes a lovely vegetarian main or a flavorful side.

This salad starts with a base of warm white rice and it’s loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients like cannellini beans, green peas and Hemp Hearts. The lemony dressing is rich and flavorful with just the right amount of zest while an extra boost of flavor comes from the raisins, fresh parsley and scallions.

Added bonus, white rice only takes about 15 minutes to cook so tossing this rice salad together doesn’t take much time at all!

You can serve it as a vegetarian main (perfect for Meatless Mondays) or as a side dish with your protein of choice. I bet it’d be delicious alongside this grilled rosemary chicken. That said, if you are serving it as a main, there’s no need to worry about lack of protein because each serving has over 15 grams!

This Mediterranean-inspired rice salad with creamy cannellini beans and Hemp Hearts can be served warm or chilled and makes a lovely vegetarian main or a flavorful side.

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts and I love adding them to my salads. For this warm salad they’re used as a main ingredient to add a rich and nutty flavor and loads of plant-based protein.

Rice Salad with Cannellini Beans

The recipe makes a large batch of rice salad so you can easily serve it warm the first time you make it and enjoy it cold thereafter (or reheat it). We enjoyed it as a main dish one night and ate the leftovers cold as a side for lunch. I also snuck a few bites (straight outta the fridge) throughout the week as a snack. It’s so good, I couldn’t resist.

I hope you enjoy this warm and hearty rice salad as much as we do. I can already tell it’s going to be an EBF staple this fall and winter!

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Lemony rice salad with beans, green onion, golden raisins and sesame seeds on a teal table with half a lemon in the background.

Lemony Rice Salad with Cannellini Beans and Hemp Hearts


Description

This salad can be served warm or chilled and makes a lovely vegetarian main or a flavorful side. Over 15 grams of plant-based protein per serving.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup dry long-grain white rice
  • 1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice + 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add about 4 cups of water to a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the frozen peas and cook until just tender, this should take about 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon or a strainer to remove peas and transfer them into a large bowl. Using the same boiling water, add rice and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain rice, return to the pot, and cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, make dressing in a small bowl by whisking together the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the Hemp Hearts, cooked rice, beans, raisins, scallions, parsley, lemon zest, and dressing to the large bowl and stir gently to mix. Serve warm or cold with extra scallions, parsley and Hemp Hearts as a garnish.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Food & Wine.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 575 |
  • Sugar: 12g |
  • Fat: 24g |
  • Carbohydrates: 77g |
  • Fiber: 9g |
  • Protein: 16g

Rice salad

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    16 comments
    1. Lynn Keefer
      October 11, 2019 AT 1:54 pm

      Another favorite! My family loves this salad! Light! Refreshing! The golden raiders are a lovely addition. I love serving this with lemon rosemary chicken and a green veg. SO GOOD!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 11, 2019 AT 4:25 pm

        Ahh!! Thank you so much Lynn. I so appreciate the feedback, comment and star rating! This is a favorite of mine too.

    2. Alissa
      October 5, 2016 AT 6:36 pm

      I just made this for dinner and it was so easy and so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!????

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 5, 2016 AT 8:41 pm

        Awesome. So glad you like it, Alissa. Enjoy!

    3. Taylor Kiser
      September 24, 2016 AT 8:04 am

      This is a great salad for fall! Can’t wait to try it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 27, 2016 AT 10:42 am

        Thanks Taylor! I hope you love it. 🙂

    4. Jess @hellotofit
      September 23, 2016 AT 2:27 pm

      Oh YUM! In my blue apron meal last night I made a farro salad that had a garlic and lemon sauce. This looks tasty too!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 27, 2016 AT 10:44 am

        Oh yum! I love the sound of the Blue Apron meal.

    5. Heather Kinnaird
      September 23, 2016 AT 10:40 am

      I really need to make more warm salads like this one. it sounds delicious and perfect for my non-meat eater

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 27, 2016 AT 10:43 am

        Agreed! This is such a great main dish for vegetarians because it’s so hearty and filling. 🙂

    6. Kristen Chidsey
      September 23, 2016 AT 8:54 am

      Maria, this salad everyday is genius—and this is a perfect fall salad. Although, I am really in love with sweet potato croutons!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 27, 2016 AT 10:43 am

        Thanks Kristen! You could totally add some sweet potato croutons into this one. 😉

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 27, 2016 AT 10:44 am

        Thank you!

    7. Kori
      September 22, 2016 AT 9:12 am

      This sounds perfect for Matt and me! We *love* hemp hearts, and I think I get my obsession with any and all things lemon from my grandfather. 🙂 Can’t wait to make it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 22, 2016 AT 11:06 am

        Yay!! If you love lemon and hemp hearts than you will LOVE this dish. It’s so good. 🙂

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