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Chorizo and Apple Rice Salad - an easy, healthy, gluten-free meal ready in 45 minutes! by Lisa Lin of healthynibblesandbits.com
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 8
Author: Lisa Lin

Chorizo and Apple Rice Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins


  • 2 cups uncooked rice, I used a wild rice and white rice blend, but any rice works
  • 3 chorizo sausages, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped (I used Granny Smith apples)
  • small handful of pecans, 1/3 cup
  • juice from 1 medium orange, about 1/2 cup juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Optional toppings

  • chopped chives
  • lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  • Cook rice according to package instructions. Use a fork to fluff up the rice once it is done.
  • Heat a sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo and diced onions. The fat released from the sausage is enough to cook the onions. Add red peppers and a pinch of salt, and sauté for another minute. Turn off heat. Add 3/4 of the chopped apples, thyme and orange juice and stir. If you're using a skillet or a heat-proof sauté pan, transfer it directly into the oven. Otherwise, pour the sausage and apple mix into a baking dish, and transfer to oven. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix rice and the baked sausage and apples. Add remaining apple chunks, more salt and pepper, chopped chives, and a bit of lemon juice, if you like. Serve immediately.
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