1 cup long grain brown rice, raw
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup pistachio nuts
¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
2 tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. canola oil
½ cup canned chick peas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
½ red pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
1/3 cup red wine vinaigrette (commercial brand)
½ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1. Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside uncovered to cool to room temperature.
2. Place cooled rice, cranberries, nuts, onion, garlic, chick peans & red pepper in a large bowl.
3. Drizzle vinaigrette over rice mixture & toss to combine ingredients.
4. Add basil and gently mix. Serve or cover & chill.