We are loving this light, whole grain salad for dinner on these hot, muggy nights. Just simple ingredients paired to create a stunning dish. This dish is even easier if you have a rice cooker. If not, you can easily put the rice on the stove while you prep the remaining ingredients. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a few minutes of time with your loved ones or your favorite book. When the rice is done, simply combine and enjoy. This dish is wonderful chilled and so easy to make ahead on Sunday for a super simple Monday night dinner with fresh fruit and crusty French bread.
Basmati Vegetable Salad with Fragrant Vinaigrette
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Brown Basmati Rice
- 2-1/2 cups Water
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 large Onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 stalks Celery, thinly sliced
- 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, coarsely chopped
- 2 medium Zucchini, coarsely chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup Feta, crumbled
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 1 tsp ground Cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground Tumeric
- 1/2 tsp ground Allspice or Clove
- 1/2 tsp ground Coriander
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- Freshly Ground Pepper
Combine rice and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, about 45-55 minutes. Drain thoroughly and chill.
Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery, raise heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Add bell pepper and zucchini, cooking for about 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender but not soft. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Let cool.
Add the cooled vegetables and feta to the chilled rice and toss gently until thoroughly combined.
Heat a small skillet over low heat, toasting cumin, tumeric, allspice/clove, and coriander for about 1 minute to maximized their fragrance. Whisk toasted spices together with olive oil, rice vinegar, salt and pepper.
Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.