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Meatless Monday: Autumn Rice Salad

Halloween festivities started this weekend, and the candy limitations I set for myself proved fruitless. I’m powerless when it comes to Snickers and Butterfingers, especially when they’re deemed more acceptable than usual in honor of the spooky holiday. So to counteract all the chocolate, I’ll be cooking myself a balanced Meatless Monday dinner tonight. On the menu: Autumn Rice Salad with Dried Fruit and Pecans — no dessert.

Quick-cooking rice makes this a speedy weeknight dinner, so you’ll have more time to enjoy (or dread) some scary movies. I imagine quinoa would work well here too, but for now that’s just a theory. Cranberries and pecans give the whole dish the classic fall flavor, and the contrast between the nutty sesame oil and tangy rice vinegar makes for a lovely dressing. The dates and honey do add a bit of sweetness, but not overwhelmingly so, and certainly nothing in comparison to the massive amounts of candy I’ll be consuming once again this Thursday.

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