Pineapple Fresno Jeweled Salad

Appetizers, Dinner, Lunch | November 14, 2022

Check out this delicious and fresh recipe for Hillside Harvest’s Pineapple Fresno Jeweled Salad with rice and feta cheese!


Jeweled Grain Salad:

  • 1 cup white or brown basmati rice
  • ⅓ cup golden raisins or currants
  • ⅓ cup roasted almonds
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

Pineapple Fresno Dressing:


  1. Thoroughly wash the rice and add it to a large pot that has a fitted lid. Using a vegetable peeler, peel two strips of lemon zest from the lemon; add them to the pot with the rice (reserve the rest of the lemon for later). Add the raisins (or currants), almonds, bay leaves, butter, salt, pepper, and 2 cups water.
  2. Bring everything in the pot to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir the rice once, then cover the pot and turn the heat to a low simmer.
  3. Continue to simmer the rice, covered, according to the package instructions, about 20 minutes for white rice and 50 minutes for brown rice.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat; rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
  5. Juice the reserved lemon into a small bowl; Pineapple Fresno hot sauce, olive oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, and salt. Set aside.
  6. Add the honey to a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook the honey until it begins to bubble and foam, about 30 seconds. Immediately add the reserved Pineapple Fresno hot sauce mixture.
  7. Cook the dressing, whisking frequently, until the shallot has turned translucent color, about 30 seconds longer.
  8. Pour the dressing over the reserved jeweled rice and gently toss everything together.
  9. Add the rice to a serving bowl.
  10. Sprinkle with the feta and parsley.
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