The truth is  I’m always cold! I get sniffles as soon as the weather turns. I am a mile away from all cold foods and drinks. Even my smoothies are at room temperature now. My sweaters and socks are already out, much to everyone’s amusement! Oh well as long as I have a bowl of this Warm Black Rice Broccoli Pumpkin Salad with a zesty Orange Ginger Dressing, I’m good and cozy. 

Warm Black Rice Broccoli Pumpkin Salad vegan, healthy, glutenfree, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easy entertaining

Black rice, also known as Forbidden Rice in ancient China, is a nutrient dense grain.  It has a deep black or purple colour due to very high concentration of antioxidant anthocyanin – the highest in fact, amongst all known foods. Phytonutrients found in this rice help fight inflammation and also act as a liver cleanser. It’s also loaded with fiber and minerals. Along with all the nutritional benefits, I really enjoy its nutty, unique taste.

Warm Black Rice Broccoli Pumpkin Salad vegan, healthy, glutenfree, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easy entertaining

Roasting vegetables is my favourite way of cooking them, especially in winters. Why not let your oven do all the work and warm up your kitchen while doing it?! You can get on with prepping the other ingredients and the zingy  zappy salad dressing in the meanwhile. Once the veggies are out, gently mix all the ingredients with the  rice, douse liberally with the vinaigrette and eat!!

Sweetness of roasted pumpkin, crispy broccoli, nutty rice, juicy pomegranates, tangy dressing and those incredible marinated onions, really make this festive salad tick. Its a great make ahead recipe for easy entertaining. The flavours get time to mingle,  get deeper and richer.  It can be then served cold or at room temperature. Bon appetit!

Warm Black Rice Broccoli Pumpkin Salad vegan, healthy, glutenfree, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easy entertaining


  • The exceptionally easy recipe for marinated onions is from my dear friend Teri NO CRUMBS LEFT ‘s blog. They add so much magic to this recipe and to all other recipes I have used them in. We loved them so much that we were happily eating them straight off the bowl!! I would strongly recommend you use them here. You’ll be addicted in no time, I promise !
  • I like to roast broccoli – florets and stems both. The stalks are so full of healthy nutrients, it would be a pity to throw them away. Just lightly peel off the tough exterior, if you need to, slice it thinly and roast with the florets.
Roasting broccoli florets & stems

Roasting broccoli florets & stems

I hope this Warm Black Rice Broccoli Pumpkin Salad brings joy to your family table as much as it does to ours! I’d love to hear about  how it turned out for youDo leave  a comment below and share a picture on INSTAGRAM  using the hashtag #tashasartisanfoods !

Black Rice Broccoli Pumpkin Salad

Servings: 6 persons
Author: Natasha Minocha



  • 1.5 cups Cooked black rice
  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin Cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small Broccoli Cut into bite sized pieces. Use the stalks/ stems as well
  • 1/3 cup Pomegranates
  • 1/4 cup Marinated onions Please see the NOTES for the recipe link
  • 1.5 tbsp Extra virgin Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Chili flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Orange Ginger Salad Dressing

  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp Maple syrup/ Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Finely grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • 1 Tbsp Pomegranates
  • 1 Tbsp Cilantro/ parsley
  • 2 Tbsp Walnuts



  • Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or foil.
  • Toss the broccoli florets, stems and pumpkin in olive oil, chilli flakes, salt & pepper. Spread out on the prepared baking tray and roast for 20 minutes, or until just done.

Salad dressing:

  • Combine all the ingredients - orange juice, lemon juice, grated ginger, olive oil, maple syrup, salt & pepper in a small screw-top jar. Close the lid and shake till the dressing is nicely emulsified. Taste and adjust for seasoning.


  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients - roasted vegetables, black rice and pomegranates. GENTLY stir in the required amount of dressing. Taste and adjust for seasoning and dressing.
  • Just before serving, top with the marinated onions, some more pomegranates, walnuts, parsley or cilantro - whatever you're using. Drizzle over a teaspoon or two of the oil from the marinated onions.