My First TV Appearance and a Brown Rice & Oregon Blueberry Salad!

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on August 24, 2012

Guess what?! I was on live TV today! I made this delicious, easy, summer recipe on the Good Day Oregon show on FOX12! I won an IFBC food blogger contest by Hinode rice, and got to make my winning recipe on TV! Here is the video.

I usually make this recipe with quinoa or black rice, but loved the nuttiness of Hinode brown rice for this recipe. And if you have microwave rice, you can put this salad on the table in literally 5 minutes! This is a great dish to pack for school, work or a picnic. Some grilled peaches instead of the blueberries will also be lovely!

Brown Rice and Blueberry Salad Recipe

serves 3-4

Ingredients
1 cup long grain Hinode brown rice
1 cup fresh blueberries. I used Oregon hood river blueberries.
¾ cup cubed cucumber
¼ heaping cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
½ cup cubed mangoes, optional
½ cup baby arugula, optional

For the dressing
1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
10 Basil leaves, chopped finely
Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Cook the brown rice according to package instruction. Let the cooked rice cool well.
  2. Then add all other ingredients from blueberries through arugula and mix gently.
  3. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together, and add to the rice. Toss well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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1 Rosa August 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Wow, congratulations! That is awesome.

What a gorgeous salad.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Michelle August 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Congrats on the winning the contest -and- the TV appearance! Such a big deal! Have a great time at IFBC. I didn’t get to go due to scheduling conflicts, but I did get out to Mother’s last night. Didn’t get a chance to meet you, though. Bummer!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Oh! I wish we could have met at Mother’s! It’s such a great restaurant!

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3 notyet100 August 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Wow,.,congrats:)salad looks delicious,

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4 Poornima August 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Congratulations!! you look great and the salad sounds delicious!!

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5 ashwini August 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Congrats ! Wish you get many more opportunities :-)

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6 aparna August 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Congrats ! i tried ur kadai mushroom just adopted the method rest of the masala i tried according to my family taste :) i loved it :) taste is divine. soon going to update it

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7 Curls? August 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Congrats! Super super awesome. Where can I find the video clip?
Why did you not show people your gorgeous curls ?

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8 Kathleen Richardson August 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Sala, congratulations and I’ll bet this is only one of many upcoming appearances for you. Love, love that salad. So simple and if it has got fruit, it has got to be good!

Keep writing…

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9 viswa August 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Wow, you look so pretty. Somehow i am reminder of Rachel Green. Now all you need is your food network show!! :) Congratulations!!

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10 viswa August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Sorry no Rachel Green (FRIENDS on my mind?) Rachel Ray!!

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11 Mireille August 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

congrats!

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12 Reem | Simply Reem September 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

Congrats!!!!
You Rock!!

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13 Veni September 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

Congrats !!! Keep rocking Girl …

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14 pragati September 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

Great job Sala!
Simple is always beautiful :)

I thought you lived in the NoVA/DC area? How did you get to be on Oregon tv?

thanks…
pragati

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

I live in Oregon now :)

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15 blessy September 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

Congratzzzz

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16 swati September 6, 2012 at 6:22 am

wow! congrats on the TV appearance! the recipe is awesome well deserved.

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17 Blessedmama September 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Congratulations! Spreading the vegan word, yes!

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18 Niveditha September 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Wow! Congratulations. And you look beautiful on TV! :) You should come with your cooking videos.

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