Vegan Roast Pumpkin and Black Rice Salad with Pine Nuts | © 2017 |

This vegan, gluten free salad, made with black forbidden rice, hokkaido pumpkin, red onions, parsley, Romaine lettuce, pine nuts and pomegranate seeds, has a unique mellow-sweet taste. The rich nutty, earthy flavour of black rice pairs really well with the bright acidity of white balsamic vinaigrette. If you can't find forbidden rice, use wild rice instead.

  • 180 g Black rice, rinsed
  • 1,5 kg Hokkaido pumpkin, deseeded, cut into thin wedges
  • 1-2 Red onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Parsley leaves
  • Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
  • 45 g Pine nuts, toasted
  1. Cook the rice in a saucepan of boiling salted water for 30 minutes or until just tender. Drain. Refresh under cold running water.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin wedges on the prepared tray. Add onion wedges to trays.
  3. Combine 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 tbsp of white balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp of maple syrup in a small bowl. Drizzle over pumpkin and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes or until caramelised.
  4. Place lemon juice, Dijon and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and the remaining 1 teaspoon of maple syrup in a bowl. Season. Whisk to combine.
  5. Combine rice, romaine lettuce, parsley, onion, half the pomegranate and pine nuts in a large bowl. Drizzle with half the dressing. Toss to combine. Arrange half the pumpkin on a platter. Top with half the rice mixture. Drizzle with half the remaining dressing. Repeat with remaining pumpkin, rice mixture and dressing. Sprinkle with remaining pomegranate and pine nuts. | © 2017 | | © 2017 |


Shashi 9/11/17 13:14

Such a gorgeous salad, Angie. So colorful and flavorful! I hadn't heard of a hokkaido pumpkin before - such a lovely salad for the holiday table!

great-secret-of-life 9/11/17 13:54

healthy salad.. quite filling too

Nancy Chan 9/11/17 14:29

Healthy and yummy salad! So colourful!

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 9/11/17 14:43

This salad is just perfection, Angie!! I made something similar for myself for dinner the other night, but it didn't look nearly as beautiful as yours! Obviously I need to make your version PRONTO! Cheers, friend!

Cheri Savory Spoon 9/11/17 15:14

This has to be one of the prettiest salads I've seen, love black rice.

Pame Recetas 9/11/17 15:20

Dear Angie! What a beautiful salad and so delicious, I am so fond of pumpkin, I will certainly give this recipe her place in my table! Big hugs

Pam 9/11/17 15:21

Yum! Bet this is delicious, Angie! Love the combo of ingredients with pine nuts on top. Thanks!

Jean | 9/11/17 16:34

Angie, love this gorgeous salad that makes a vegan meal.

Natalia 9/11/17 16:48

Love those colors, so healthy!☺

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 9/11/17 17:33

Wow, that black rice makes all the gorgeous colors in this salad pop! So beautiful and exactly what I'd love for lunch!
P.S. I sent an email to your yahoo account. Working with a wordpress plugin trying to figure out why your messages always go to my spam :( They'd like your help if you have time. Thanks!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9/11/17 19:15

I've never had black rice but it certainly makes a gorgeous salad, Angie. The dressing sounds so good too!

Monica 9/11/17 20:17

This is a beautiful salad. I roast kabocha squash almost every week and I've been wanting to try black rice. I'm on it! : )

grace 10/11/17 01:37

once again, you've made a beautiful medley of colors, textures, and flavors! i haven't tried black rice--must do!!

Balvinder 10/11/17 03:34

The salad is really speaking to me right now.

lisa is cooking 10/11/17 04:05

What great colors in this salad! I love black rice, and it sounds so good with the pumpkin.

Alida 10/11/17 13:43

I love your healthy foods Angie. Beatiful! Have a nice weekend!

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 10/11/17 18:22

Pumpkin, black rice, pine nuts in a salad sound absolutely yummy. Love how beautiful and delish this salad is. I will try it soon.

Zaza 10/11/17 18:37

What a lovely creation! A healthy and colorful salad:)

Unknown 11/11/17 00:38

Angie, this is so pretty, I love all the beautiful hues, textures and flavors in this salad!

Jeff the Chef 11/11/17 01:29

Now that is an interesting pumpkin recipe.

judee 11/11/17 13:38

This looks exquisite. I love making seasonal vegetables like this with pumpkin. What a presentation

Ashika | Gardening Foodie 11/11/17 13:57

OH WOW Angie...what a gorgeous salad this is. I love roast pumpkin and the combination of ingredients sound absolutely heavenly.

fimere 11/11/17 19:47

une salade absolument délicieuse avec ce mélange de saveurs
bonne soirée

Velva 12/11/17 01:02

What I love most about your recipes besides the the textures and colors!


Rafeeda AR 12/11/17 11:41

Your salads are always a beauty to look at, and this one is no different... pop up of colors there... :)

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 12/11/17 12:01

you are so creative with food and this is another excellent example!

Nava K 12/11/17 12:06

Tadaa!! Here comes another Angie good food.

Tricia Buice 12/11/17 16:05

Thanks for the reminder about black rice - always a favorite but for some reason I forget about it from time to time. Love this vibrant salad and pine nuts are the perfect compliment! Have a terrific week Angie :)

Amy | Food Etcaetera 12/11/17 16:55

LOVE the pumpkin in a salad!!!! Thanks for sharing!

nadia 12/11/17 17:16

This salad looks delicious Angie! The perfect light, yet satisfying autumn lunch :D Also love the colour contrast between the orange and black!

Pam 12/11/17 18:17

Great colors, flavors, and textures. It looks delicious.

Kelly 12/11/17 20:08

This salad is SO gorgeous, Angie! The perfect salad for fall and winter!

Reeni 13/11/17 03:38

Such a gorgeous salad Angie! It would be perfect for our Thanksgiving!

Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons 13/11/17 05:49

The colors are stunning in this salad, Angie! I love pumpkin and this is a perfect fall salad!

Agness of Run Agness Run 13/11/17 15:51

Such a delightful salad recipe, Angie! I love the combination of ingredients, especially that you used pine nuts!

Gloria Baker 13/11/17 16:53

This salad is beautiful like all yours plates Angie ! xoxox

Tania|My Kitchen Stories 13/11/17 20:37

Angie! How delicious is this. So colourful and I love black rice. mmm

Eva Taylor 13/11/17 22:46

The jewelled tones in this salad are simply gorgeous! I love the pomegranate and pine nuts, although it's been too expensive to buy Italian pine nuts in Canada and I don't dare take a chance with the Chinese imports (google it and you'll see what I mean). This looks like the perfect accompaniment to a celebration dinner!

Unknown 14/11/17 03:07

Such a beautiful and colorful salad. This will adorn a Thanksgiving table so beautiful. Love it Angie.

Sharon D. 14/11/17 03:10

Yum-yum, Angie! This looks stunning!

Nammi 14/11/17 04:02

Have never had black rice. Looks so nice against the pumpkin ! nice and healthy salad!

Amy (Savory Moments) 14/11/17 14:41

Such a colorful and super healthy salad, Angie! Really beautiful!

GiGi Eats Celebrities 14/11/17 15:24

THIS right here is a crazy texture explosion and I am loving it. The creamy pumpkin with the gritty yet deliciously soft rice... YESSSSS please!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living 14/11/17 23:19

What a stunning salad - love how the black rice and pomegranate seeds contrast - perfect for the holiday season!

Sokehah cheah 15/11/17 09:12

I'm learning something new today.... forbidden rice! Healthy salad and great pics, Angie!

Easyfoodsmith 15/11/17 11:07

Beautiful salad and such gorgeous colors there. I am finding it so appetizing.

Christine Ho 15/11/17 13:33

This salad looks so fresh and healthy, Angie. Love it!

Unknown 15/11/17 13:57

Beautiful and no doubt delicious, what a great seasonal salad Angie.

kitchen flavours 15/11/17 14:59

What a beautiful plate of salad!

Unknown 15/11/17 18:56

what a pretty salad, I love pine nuts!

kankana 15/11/17 22:09

Just the kind of meal I love this season and love how colorful the plate looks!

Królowa Karo 15/11/17 22:29

I love salads! I have to try it!

tigerfish 16/11/17 02:56

Roasted pumpkin and black rice - such warming ingredients for a salad, perfect for cold-weather.

Evi 16/11/17 09:40

The colors are simply stunning here!

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 17/11/17 02:29

I have not heard of black forbidden rice before. Love the salad and all the colors of this salad.

mjskit 17/11/17 04:39

I always have a problem as to what to do with pumpkin. My standard is a soup, but I really, really love that you roasted it and put it in this salad. It's beautiful!

Katerina 21/11/17 13:43

What a lovely salad! I love these loaded types with lots of veggies and flavors!

Marcelle 22/11/17 05:29

With these ingredients, I know this dish has a ton of flavor. It's really beautiful too, Angie. Gorgeous photos!!

Anca 22/11/17 14:13

The salad looks stunning. I love vegan salads, they are so healthy and packed with colours.

Catherine 22/11/17 15:19

Dear Angie, This is such a beautiful salad. xoxo Catherine

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 23/11/17 22:57

This is such a beautiful recipe Angie! The flavors must be so incredible too! I can't wait to make this! Thank you for sharing the recipe,

noobcook 29/11/17 06:52

really colourful salad packed with antioxidants.

Vicki Bensinger 7/12/17 04:56

I love the looks and sound of this dish. Plus it's so colorful!

Deanie Canales 21/2/18 15:35

Oh, these are really good! My eyes were drooling. I always love veggies and seeing this delicious menu makes me want to have more and more great recipes.

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