Orange Rice Salad
SIDES & SALADS
No Feta? Gorgonzola will work, as will Monterrey Jack, cut into small cubes. Let your taste buds dictate substitutions because this is one forgiving recipe.
3 cups cooked Basmati rice (The key is to soak the rice in water for 30 minutes, then rinse several times. Much of the starch is removed and the grains are never gummy, nor clingy.)
2-3 sweet oranges, peeled and cut into sections (save the juice and several sections for topping). Depending on the size of the orange slices, you may want to cut sections into several pieces.
1 small bunch green onions, chopped
¾ cup celery, thinly sliced
½ cup Kalamata olives, halved or sliced (no pits, please)
½ cup good quality mayonnaise
4 Tablespoons or more of the orange juice
1/3 cup, plus 1 tbs freshly chopped flat leaf parsley for topping
A pinch of cayenne or your favorite hot sauce
¾ cup crumbled Feta cheese
PREPARATION & METHOD
Mix everything but juice and mayonnaise and gently fold together.
Combine juice and mayonnaise and fold into salad mixture.
Add salt (you won’t need much) and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Refrigerate for at least one hour and overnight if needed.
Sprinkle on parsley just before serving, arrange orange slices on top, and add more freshly ground black pepper.
Serve at or near room temperature.
So, what do you feed an unknown number of men who will arrive at your home for dinner, conversation and a friendly game of cards? That was my recent dilemma.
What would go well with grilled Moroccan Chicken and assorted vegetables? Some kind of filling salad, room temperature, good as leftovers. (Have you noticed that people don’t RSVP anymore?)
Fifteen minutes of intensive Internet research led me to some ideas, and so I combined ingredients and created Orange Rice Salad. Ah, perfect! It doubles, or even triples, well, and tastes even better the next day. Try it for a crowd, or the family.
You can find dozens of rice salad recipes online, so feel free to combine the tastes that suit your family. Does someone hate celery (like my son-in-law)? Use chopped cucumber instead.
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