Citrus Basmati Rice Salad

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Basmati rice has so much flavor, it makes an excellent cold salad. We love serving this at parties and it makes a wonderful accompaniment for Chicken Breast Marbella. Fresh herbs and a refreshing citrus vinaigrette keep the flavor light.

Citrus Basmati Rice Salad
 
Toasting the basmati prior to boiling it really brings out the basmati flavor. Don't skip this step.
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Recipe type: Salad, Side
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups basmati rice
  • 1½ tsp. table salt
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 medium orange, zested
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
Instructions
  1. For basmati: Bring 4 qts. water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Meanwhile, warm a medium, non-stick skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the basmati and toast for about 5 minutes, until fragrant and opaque, stirring constantly.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the salt and bring the water back to a boil. Add the basmati to the boiling water and cook until it is just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Drain and spread the rice on a parchment-covered baking sheet to cool.
  3. For the dressing: Mix together the citrus juices, soy sauce, and honey. Whisk in the oil. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. For the salad: Once the basmati is cooled, fluff it with a fork. Stir in the herbs, citrus zest, nuts and onions. Add dressing, to taste. EnJOY!

 

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