A really delicious side dish that I will easily eat for lunch, too. If you do want to eat it hot, heat up the rice before mixing it. But I like it just warm or at room temperature as well.
If you make the salad at least an hour in advance, the rice can really absorb the flavors, which only improves the dish.
Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing.
Drizzle lemon juice over the apples to prevent discoloration and combine them with the rice, along with the cranberries and chives. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Let the salad stand for a while, to allow the flavors to be absorbed.
Add the walnuts and sesame seeds at the last moment, folding them through the salad, and serve immediately.
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