My brothers and I used to chuckle whenever we would be sitting around the table enjoying a salad, and my mom would say "it's like we're eating sunshine." She's right though. It's amazing how sunshine causes produce to grow, and then we get to enjoy eating them.  I love this Sunset Salad with Black Rice because the colors remind me of the sun and that we are in fact "eating sunshine."

The "sunset" in this salad is made up of roasted red and golden beets as well as butternut squash.  I recently discovered how much I love fresh beets, so I use them every chance I get.  Black rice is also a new ingredient for me.  It has a wonderful nutty, earthy flavor and a pleasant chewiness.   Mixing the rice, beets, and butternut squash with mixed greens makes up this super yummy salad.

Whip up this delicious salad that has black rice, red and golden beets and butternut squash for a healthy entree or side salad. Complete with a creamy dressing that tastes like Ranch.

I made up a dressing similar to Ranch dressing to go with this salad.  A little squeeze of  lemon juice mixed with Greek yogurt, Kefir, garlic salt, and pepper were the perfect compliment to the Sunset Salad.

My hubby loved this salad so much, that he packed up what was left to take over to his brother's, so he could  have a taste.

I love eating salad, and I am glad such a variety is possible.  This Sunset Salad will be on our dinner table many times this coming summer.

Sunset Salad with Black Rice


  • 2 cups cooked Black Rice
  • 3 small roasted red beets cubed
  • 3 small roasted golden beets cubed
  • 1/2 medium roasted butternut squash cubed
  • 5 oz. mixed greens
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Kefir
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. For the salad combine black rice, beets, butternut squash and mixed greens in a serving dish
  2. For the dressing, combine remaining ingredients and pour over salad
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Pretty easy directions, right 🙂  Roasting the beets and butternut squash takes about 45 minutes at 400 degrees.  The black rice also takes about 45 minutes.

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