This Strawberry Salad with basil, arugula and black rice is delicious and easy to make. It is tossed in a simple balsamic dressing and sprinkled with crumbled Goat cheese. A beautiful addition to your outdoor gathering. 

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Black Rice... with Goat cheese and a simple Balsamic Maple dressing. |

This simple Strawberry Salad highlights fresh seasonal strawberries. Together with peppery arugula, fresh basil, nutty Black Rice and optional crumbled goat cheese,  it’s tossed with a balsamic-maple dressing.

Somehow the flavors work lovingly together and the black rice gives the salad a little “heft”, as well as some added nutrients.  But know, that the black rice can easily be substituted with wild rice, farro, or quinoa if you prefer.

This colorful, dramatic salad is perfect served at outdoor spring gatherings, or special lunch or brunch like Mother’s Day, or even bridal shower.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Black Rice... with Goat cheese and a simple Balsamic Maple dressing. |

Feel free to make the Strawberry Salad ahead and dress it right before serving.

It also packs well for lunches, just be sure to separate out the arugula. When packing it up, make a bed of arugula on the bottom, placing the strawberry rice part over top, so the arugula doesn’t get overly wilty. You could also pack this in mason jars for a beautifully dramatic effect.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Black Rice... with Goat cheese and a simple Balsamic Maple dressing. |

Enjoy the Strawberry Salad and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Happy Weekend,



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Strawberry Basil and Black Rice Salad with Arugula and Goat cheese, and a Balsamic Maple dressing. |

Strawberry Arugula salad with basil, black rice and goat cheese


Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Black Rice… with Goat cheese and a simple Balsamic Maple dressing.


Units Scale
  • 4 cups cooked black rice (or sub wild rice, quinoa, farro)
  • 1 pound strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  • 4 scallions- sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil ribbons
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 3 ounces arugula ( two big handfuls)
  • optional: 1/4- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, 1/4 cup toasted nuts (slivered almonds, pecans, or maple pecans)



  1. Place black rice, strawberries, scallions, Italian parsley in a bowl.
  2. Pour dressing ingredients over top and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and taste, adjusting if necessary.
  3. Right before serving toss in the arugula and top with optional nuts and crumbled goat cheese.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 190
  • Sugar: 7.1 g
  • Sodium: 25.9 mg
  • Fat: 8.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.4 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.6 mg

Keywords: Strawberry Rice Salad, Black rice salad, strawberry basil salad, strawberry arugula salad


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  1. Gee thanks…now my mouth is watering for this, I have none of the ingredients in my current stash and we’re having a tremendous thunderstorm, making a trip to the grocery store ill-advised! Oh well, when the sun comes out, so will this delectable salad!

  2. Love a little fruit in a summer salad! This looks like perfect bite after perfect bite!

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