Brown Rice with Apple and Walnuts

I’m making a conscious effort to include nutritious whole grains into our diet. And am looking out for some nourishing salad recipes or one pot meals that include brown rice. I’m sharing with you a lovely brown rice, apple and walnuts salad recipe, that calls for a generous dose of toasted walnuts, a hint of grated orange rind, tossed in olive oil and a big squeeze of fresh, fragrant orange juice.

Brown Rice Apple Celery Salad

Cook a cup of raw brown rice and keep aside. In a bowl, combine 2-3 tbsps olive oil, 1/4 tbsp grated orange zest, 5 tbsps orange juice, 1 tsp vinegar, pinch of nutmeg pwd, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Add the cooked brown rice, one chopped apple, 2 tbsps raisins, 2-3 tbsps chopped celery (both stalks and leaves). Toss all the ingredients. Finally add 2 tbsps toasted, coarsely chopped toasted walnuts. Enjoy.

Brown Rice Apple Celery Salad

Those of you who feel an aversion to celery, replace it with coriander or cilantro leaves. Of course it will change the flavor but is still delicious. Feel free to mix and match ingredients to suit your palate.

Brown Rice with Apple and Walnuts

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  brown rice


  • pinky

    Hi Sailu,
    I really wonder how u can think so differently for recipes. May be that makes u unique. I need to try this recipe. Thanks for the healthy recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was inspired by a salad recipe from a cooking magazine that I tweaked a bit, Pinky. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sher

    How scrumptious. Cannot wait to make this. Super healthy!

  • Indhu

    so healthy ๐Ÿ™‚
    and it looks very delicious – love the idea of orange juice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cilantro

    Lovely Sailu, Looks so delicious. I am looking for delicious and healthy brown rice recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  • kalva

    Wow lovely salad..

  • R.Punitha

    Hi Sailu ,

    Highly nutritious salad with amazing taste!!!
    We are too gifted. Thank you a lot Sailu.
    Take care, Bye…

  • Sudha

    Hi Sailu…

    healthy recipe…i add avacado to dis rice….adding apple is new to me…i have to try..


  • Sudha Rajagopalan

    Hi Sailu,

    Great recipe. How much water do you add for Brown Rice ? Mine is either undercooked or overcooked.


    Sudha, I usually add 2 1/2 cups water to cook 1 cup of brown rice. It also depends on how old the rice is. The older the rice, more the water required to cook it.

    • Lalitha

      Hi Sailu,

      Do you cook the rice in pressure cooker, rice cooker or just boil it in a traditional manner?


      • Sailu

        Boil it in lots of water. I soak it for a few minutes before boiling it.

  • Soma

    Love these kind of salads. i make them pretty often with different combos.

  • shaikhmohammed

    can we say or serve it as a salad? otherwise it is really healthy and nutritious recipe. thank u very much.

  • vanitha

    Hi Sailu,

    would u pls share the secret of keeping the apple so original in colour!Mine turn colour even after a treat by lemon juice or salt.

    tks very much

  • Antara

    I have been looking for different brown recipes and this one is a treat, Thanks for sharing. I’ll surely give it a shot today itself.

  • Tara


    My parents live in Vizag and my dad’s a diabetic. I’ve been asking them to eat brown rice and they can’t seem to find it anywhere in vizag. I’m wondering if you know of a store. I’d really really appreciate it if you can let me know when you get a chance.

    You do incredible work and I truly admire your commitment and passion. Thank you!


    • Sailu

      It goes by the name ‘Dampudu Biyyam’, hand pounded rice in most stores, Tara. You can find it at Karachiwala, Konaseema Stores near Eenadu and probably in few stores in Poorna Market area. Hope this helps.

  • Padma

    Wow! Sounds so delicious! I’ve been trying really hard to incorporate brown rice/quinoa into my meals. However, it is definitely harder to make them taste good when compared to say white rice. Will definitely try this recipe out!

  • Sara Dumas

    I am planing to cook something with brown rice for tomorrow and I have pined several recipes, but this one sound easy to make, yet very tasty, I think I made decision. thanks for great recipe.