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By Alex Allan on 08/07/24 | Recipes


Black rice, squash and chickpea salad

This is a gorgeous blood-sugar-balancing recipe, when you used this instead of bog-standard rice in your meal. 

Pair with a good quality source of protein such as tofu, chicken or fish, and you have a delicious meal that will keep you feeling fuller for longer and energised.


195g black rice

80g wild rice

Kosher salt

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, cut into pieces

100ml olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

50ml red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons honey

2 spring onions, thinly sliced

2 pomegranates (seeds only)

400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped

50g roasted pistachios, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 220C˚. Cook the black and wild rice in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender – about 35–40 mins. Drain and rinse. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, toss squash with 50ml oil on another baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 to 25 mins, tossing part way through cooking, until golden brown and tender. Leave to cool.
  • Whisk the vinegar, honey and remaining oil in a large bowl. Add the rice, squash, spring onions, pomegranate seeds, chickpeas and pistachios. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  • Enjoy!

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