Summer rice salad is ever healthy and tasty. Add to the juice of one lemon a little oil, vinegar, and a clove of minced garlic.
Cook some white long-grain white rice using the rapid boil method. That means to cook the rice in a large pot of boiling water then drain.
Mix through some cooked peas and corn kernels and some chopped raw red capsicum. Add a few saltines. They can dry out a little in storage, so a good tip is to steam them over some boiling water a little to plump them up.
Allow cooling and refrigerate: Serve cold
This suggestion is a little more expensive. Saffron, pine nuts, and cashews are the most costly things you can put in rice and still have it edible. It’s a variation of something I heard from one of Nigella Lawson’s shows, so that probably explains it.
Use one cup of raw basmati rice. Add a generous pinch of saffron, maybe a dozen or two strands, and cook using the absorption method. When the saffron releases its color, stir the rice a little. Make sure you have a beautiful, even yellow color through your rice.
While the rice is cooking, chop some unsalted cashews. Additionally, toast in a hot, dry frying pan along with a similar amount of pine nuts keep the container moving, so the nuts do not burn.
Stir the toasted nuts through the cooked rice with a fork and add some chopped parsley. Serve warm or cold.
Some Ingredients To Put In The Summer Rice Salad
1. Artichoke Hearts – Best on a salad made from romaine lettuce. They pair well with black olives. A taste closely related is the hearts of palm dressed with lime juice.
2. Sunflower Seeds – Best on a fairly plain salad, can work with dried fruit such as raisins or dates.
3. Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Great with Romain or more assertive arugula. People who hate too much oil might object. Otherwise, their intense flavor is terrific. Especially useful in winter when fresh tomatoes taste like sawdust.
4. Walnuts – Not for every salad, but they go wonderfully with spinach, moreover, with salads that incorporate apple, pear, or some other fruit.
5. Kalamata Olives: Especially good in Greek style salads. It incorporates some feta cheese and red onion.
6. Feta Cheese – a must for a spinach salad that has kalamata olives, tomatoes, red onions.
7. Red Kidney Beans – They add color, protein, and interest, if not great flavor. A few real or fake bacon bits and some croutons would shore up the salad against any weaknesses here
8. Garbanzo Beans – They add texture and a compelling sense of satisfaction/satiety.
9. Pink Lady Apples – They have enough flavor, acidity, and sweetness to stand out in a salad. Dress with lemon juice to keep from browning.