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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Delicious Healthy Recipe

When I was at the lake a few weeks ago, my aunt (she took the photos for this blog post! Thanks Aunt Lindey!) made this amazing rice salad to pair with our dinner. I could eat this for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Plus... the icing on the cake? It's easy to make and pretty healthy. Even I could handle something like this. It's great as a side, especially because it adds some color to a plate, but you could also dice up some chicken and make a meal out of it. Another reason I love it? You can make it in large batches for a crowd and you can make it ahead of time! Here is the recipe:

Rice and Vegetable Salad
8 cups hot cooked rice
1 ½ - 2 cups Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1 sweet red pepper cut thin
1 green pepper cut thin
1 medium red/purple onion peeled and diced
6 green onions, finely chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
2 shallots finely diced
1 10 oz pkg frozen peas, thawed and blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes
½ cup pitted and chopped black olives
¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
½ cup chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper to taste

Vinaigrette
Note – I usually double this so there is plenty of dressing for the salad.
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
4 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
Minced parsley and/or snipped chives to taste
½ cup olive oil
Measure mustard into bowl.  Whisk in vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and herbs.  Drizzle in olive oil while continuing to whisk until mixture thickens.   Makes 1 cup.

Transfer cooked rice to a large bowl and pour 1/1/2 cups vinaigrette into rice.  Toss well; cool to room temperature.
Add remaining ingredients and toss thoroughly.  Taste and correct seasonings if necessary.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.  Return to room temperature before serving.
Serves 8-10 people
Do you cook? What are some of your favorite (easy) recipes? Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

3 comments:

en do─čru tarif said...

Your recipe looks so delicious. I'll try it now. I've been watching fondly shares. Thank you.

Gabriela said...

Looks great! I bet this would be equally good with other grains like brown rice, quinoa or barley for extra nutritional punch!

linda said...

Thanks for the recipe- it looks beautiful and delish!
-Linda, NY