There is a grocer in my local shopping centre that makes this amazing Brown Rice Salad which I bought for lunch everyday straight for about a month no joke. Finally one day I had the sense to ask the lady behind the counter what was in it - she asked me to guess, so I stood there sampling it like a Masterchef contestant and looking up with my 'hard-thinker' face on after every mouthful. I'm proud to say I guessed most of the ingredients so next year I'm trying out for Masterchef YAY.
OK no, It is such a simple dish I'm surprised I didn't guess ALL the ingredients since more than 50% are in their whole form and visible =P. But I did recreate the brown rice salad at home and it turned out so good! I actually looked up recipes on the net and I found one very close to hers. Too bad for the grocer because now I just make a massive batch and take it to work with me.
This recipe is easily adaptable to personal tastes, so you can add less or more of any of the ingredients, and you can also add whatever else you like to it =). This recipe makes a huge batch which lasts my whole family a few days, kept in the fridge - best not to keep it too long (i.e. more than a week) since most of the ingredients would go off soon.
Brown Rice Salad
Recipe adapted from Best Recipes
3 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup chopped chives
1 cup finely chopped curley leaf parsley
1 red capsicum, finely diced
1/2 cup currents
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp pepitas
Big handful of roasted cashew nuts, lightly crushed
1/4 cup sunflower/canola oil
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic (optional)
1. In a large salad bowl place the rice, chives, capsicum, currants, seeds cashew nuts
2. In a screw top jar place the oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic. Shake the mixture well and pour over the salad. Stir to combine the ingredients together.
3. Eat =). Best served slightly chilled.
Most of the time I just omit the salad bowl part and put the first lot of ingredients in the container I plan to store it in, then I free-hand the rest of the ingredients to my taste and mix it all together in the container. I also take a bunch of cashew halves and sprinkle them over if I feel like making it look pretty =P.
Enjoy =D xx