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  • Writer's pictureBrigham Vaughn


First of all, I can't take credit for this recipe. It came from a friend I met online nearly twenty years ago and it was so good I never felt the need to tweak it much.

But when I wrote The Husband Game, I needed something delicious and nourishing that Charlie would cook that Dustin might be a little skeptical about.

“What’s this?” Dustin asked, pointing to the covered bowl.

“Take a look.”

Dustin peeled off the lid. “Is that rice and … are those cashews in there?”

“Yes.” Charlie smiled at him. “It’s cashew rice salad.”

“Cold rice?” Dustin asked dubiously. “I don’t know how I feel about that.”

Charlie let out a small chuckle. “I was skeptical the first time I tried it too but brown rice, red bell pepper, green onions, dried currants, and roasted cashews and sunflower seeds are a surprisingly good combo.”

“Hmm.” Dustin still eyed it dubiously. “What’s it flavored with?”

“Another homemade dressing. There’s olive oil, low sodium tamari—which is kinda like soy sauce but without the soy—lemon juice, garlic …”

“Huh. Sounds good. I’ve never had anything like it but I’m willing to try,” Dustin said.

Wooden cutting board with two wooden spoons and a teal bowl with cooked brown rice

It's a fabulous warm weather recipe and since several of you have asked for it recently, I thought I'd share it here!

Cashew Rice Salad

1 cup brown rice

1 tsp. salt

6 spring onions, finely chopped

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, diced

1/3 cup currants

½ cup roasted cashew nuts

2 Tbsp. roasted sunflower seeds

6 Tbsp. Soy Sauce Dressing

3 Tbsp. chopped parsley

Cook rice; rinse and drain well. Transfer rice to a bowl while still warm. Add remaining ingredients.

Note: I've always made this without the red bell pepper only because I think I didn't have any on hand the first time I made this and then I kept forgetting to put it in. lol. But I am sure it is good with it as well. 

Soy Sauce Dressing

1/2 cup sunflower oil or other neutral oil

6 Tbsp. soy sauce or tamari

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 clove garlic, crushed or finely minced


Put all the ingredients in a screw-top jar, shake well to blend, add salt and pepper to taste.

What's your favorite yummy salad? (Green/veggie salad, pasta salad, rice salad, whatever!)

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