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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Firecracker Rice Salad

This is absolutely my favorite salad!  My mom makes this rice salad very very often for me because it has all my favorite ingredients - rice & veggies!  Unfortunately, I will admit that I never attempt to make this salad for myself because I am completely lacking in the rice cooking department.  That's the only difficult part of this salad - making rice the hard way.  I can honestly say I've never successfully made a batch of rice - I've tried, but I've never gotten it right! 

I love this salad because the rice is soft and fluffy, the veggies are crunchy, and the dressing is perfectly tangy.  What more could you want in a salad?  I could probably, with little effort, eat this entire bowl!  It's also beautiful with all the colored veggies - just like fireworks!  Hence, firecracker salad :)

To start, make a batch of rice (from scratch - follow the box directions I suppose) - you want to end up with about 4 cups of cooked rice when you're done, chop 6 cups of veggies - anything you have laying around (but here's the secret - Trader Joe's 8 veggie Mix, it's right by the mirepoix) and you'll need about 1 cup of slivered almonds.  

Once the rice is cooked and cooled slightly, toss in all the veggies and the almonds.  

For the dressing:
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
a little olive oil (1-2 TB)
1 tsp ground cumin - this is what makes it great!
salt and pepper
1 heaping tsp of minced garlic

Whisk together and pour into the rice/veggie mix.  This salad get better the longer it sits so make it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge!