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A colorful and healthy salad. Adapted from Diana Rattray, author of Your Guide to Southern U.S. Cuisine. This recipe also fits into Caribbean cuisine!
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced (scallions)
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 small summer squash, diced
- 1 large tomatoes, diced
- 1⁄2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 cup spinach leaves, rolled together tightly and very thinly sliced (chiffonade technique)
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- 1 small carrot, grated
- 1⁄4 cup lentil sprouts (or other sprouts)
- 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1⁄2-2 cups cooked brown rice
- salt and pepper
- Toss prepared vegetables together in a large bowl.
- Place lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Drizzle in olive oil while whisking, to emulsify the liquids.
- Add to the vegetables; cover and refrigerate for an hour.
- Add cooked, cooled rice; add salt and pepper to taste.
- Refrigerate until serving time.
- Delicious with grilled or broiled steak, chicken or fish.
This was a very filling and refreshing salad. I used white rather than brown rice because that's what I had on hand, left out the sprouts because I forgot them and used green bell pepper because it was cheaper. Still I doubt that these changed the essential flavor and texture of the salad. I sprinkled a bit of chopped hard-boiled egg over the top to add a bit of protein and it became a very satisfying meal.