Refreshing, crisp, and colorful, this rice salad is flavored with tropical fruit. The healthy dressing is delicious with almost any rice salad. Look for the prepackaged tropical dried fruit medley in the baking section of your local supermarket, next to other dried fruits. You can refrigerate this rice salad for several hours or overnight. Serve with Grilled Chicken Satay.
4 cups cooked basmati or jasmine rice, well chilled
1 cup tropical dried fruit medley
1 apple, chopped with skin
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half
1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
large lettuce leaves
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon coriander
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1) In a large salad bowl, add all the rice ingredients in order (except salt). Set aside.
2) In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, honey, olive oil, lime, and coriander. Add ginger and mix to combine.
3) Pour dressing over rice mixture. Mix well to moisten and combine ingredients. Salt to taste.
4) To serve, arrange salad greens on small plates, spoon rice salad mixture on top. Makes 8 servings.
Nutritional Analysis per serving: 227 Calories; 6 percent fat (1.5 grams); 0 gram saturated fat; 7 percent protein; 87 percent carbohydrate; 2 grams fiber.