Curried Rice Salad with Chicken Serves 4 to 6
1 1/3 cup brown rice, cooked (Martha says the following about how to cook brown rice "The Right Ratio: Trust us: Though it's printed on the package, the standard 2-to-1 ratio makes mushy rice. For long-grain brown rice, use 1 and 1/4 cups water to 1 cup rice. For short-grain, use 1 1/2 cups water.")
1/4 cup french salad dressing (recipe follows)
1 tbsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
3/4 cup mayo
8 oz. cooked chicken or protein of your choice
8 oz. frozen peas
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
3 chopped scallions
a handful of toasted pine nuts or toasted walnuts
raisins, cranberries optional, but I would add one of the two if I were you.
French Salad Dressing:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp of paprika and cayenne pepper
Mix salad dressing and add 1/4 to your cooked brown rice. Add more if you want. Let sit for 10 minutes to absorb dressing. Add remaining ingredients and serve. Yum
Greek Grain Salad serves 6 easily
1/2 lb. barley
1/4 lb. wheat berries
1/4 lb. rye berries (I did not have any of these, nor could I easily find them so I doubled the wheat berry quotient.)
1/2 cup pitted and halved kalamata olives
1/2 cup crumbled light feta cheese
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup diced fresh tomato (If you can not find a decent tomato this time of year, use sun dried tomatoes packed in oil instead)
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup chopped parsley leaves
1/4 cup diced fresh dill
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the barley and cook for 15 minutes. Using a sieve, remove barley and transfer to a bowl.
Bring the water back to a boil and add some salt. Add the rye and wheat berries and cook until tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. Drain and transfer to the barley bowl.
Add remaining ingredients to the bowl.
1/8 cup cider vinegar
1/8 cup chopped fresh dill
2 garlic cloves minced
3/8 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste.
Combine all ingredients except oil. Add oil in a thin stream while whisking to make a smooth dressing. Add to salad and serve.
Happy eating and happy New Year!