{Elegant Halloween} Warm Black Rice Salad

Halloween is the time of year very special to kids as they get to dress up as their favorite characters, chow down loads of candy, spider cupcakes, brain-shaped melons and meatballs made to look like eyeballs, just to name a few.

As the kids are out and about the neighborhood with their friends, why not gather your family and friends for a fun time in your home meatball eyeballs and all for the children. But what about a simple elegant Halloween meal for your guests?

If you're like me, I'm don't decoratemy home with the obvious Halloween decor. And the same goes with my food. I like things to be themed with the Holidays, but not exactly looking like a Halloween store. (Christmas is a different story). Why can't we make Halloween themed foods elegant enough for a dinner party, without it SCREAMING, "Look, it's HALLOWEEN!!!"

This recipe for Warm Black Rice Salad - uses a favorite Halloween color - black, in the rice, as well as in the aged Balsamic Vinegar. Toasted pumpkin seeds keeps with the pumpkin theme of the season. Drizzled liberally with Garlic Olive Oil, this recipe should also protect you from the neighborhood vampires.

The point is, making Halloween themed food can be simple and elegant - and this is one example.      

  • 3 cups of cooked Black (Forbidden) Rice
  • 4 oz of crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 cups of fresh flat leaf spinach – chopped
  • 2.5 cups of squash or pumpkin – cubed
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 bunch of parsley – chopped
  • 1 bunch of scallions – sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini – diced
  • 1/2 of medium red onion – diced
  • 1 cup of toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 bell pepper – diced
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 3-4 tablespoons of Garlic Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons of Cumen
  • Pepper

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

But the squash or pumpkin on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive, salt and pepper and nutmeg. Toss and roast in the oven, uncovered for 45 minutes.

After the squash has finished, let slightly cool.

While the rice is still warm, toss in the feta cheese, all the chopped vegetables, and dried cranberries and spices in a large mixing bowl.

Gently toss, then add the roasted squash. Toss again and serve warm or at room temperature.

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