Brown Rice and Herb Salad With Pomegranate and Lemon

Serves: 4
Takes: 25 mins

I love brown rice salads, they add a wonderful nutty bite and help to add fibre and volume to fresh leaves. This fresh and bright salad is incredibly easy and quick to make, and can help you use up any past their best herbs.

When To Eat

I recommend eating this dish from May to September.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Cucumber 1 Large 0.083
Brown Rice 300 g 0.765
Dill 30 g 0.024
Parsley 30 g 0.024
Mint 30 g 0.024
Pomegranate Seeds 130 g 0.117
Sugar 1 Teaspoon 0.001
Pomegranate Molases 1 Tablespoon 0.032
Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon 0.071
Lemon 1 Lemon 0.039
Soya Yoghurt 200 ml 0.66

This meal is around 84% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.47 kg CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 20.47km in a modern car.


  • First, cook the rice. Place the rice in a saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain and allow to cool.
  • Whilst the rice is cooking, grate the cucumber into an large bowl and season with a little salt. Allow the cucumber to sit for about 5 minutes before squeezing out the excess moisture from the gratings with your hands. Remove the liquid and return the squeezed cucumber to the bowl. Finely chop all the herbs and add to the bowl alongside the cucumber. Tip in the pomegranate seeds, cooked rice and yoghurt and mix well.
  • Zest and juice the lemon into a small bowl. Pour in pomegranate molasses, olive oil, sugar and some seasoning and whisk well with a fork. Pour the dressing over the rice mixture, toss again to ensure even coverage, and serve.
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