Prep 45 mins
Cook 20 mins
This rice salad has exotic flavors that make a delicious lunch or side dish.
- 2 cups uncooked basmati rice
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1⁄4 cup chopped green onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 3 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 apples, diced
- 1 1⁄2 cups well drained crushed pineapple
- 1⁄2 cup diced dried apricot
- 1⁄4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1⁄4 cup chopped of fresh mint
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄2 cup mango chutney
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Wash rice until water runs clear; drain well.
- In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add the green onions, garlic, curry powder, ginger, and rice; sauté for about 4 minutes or until the rice appears dry.
- Add 1 teaspoon salt and the water.
- Cover and lower the heat to low; cook at a gentle boil until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
- Fluff the rice with a fork; cool.
- In a big bowl, add the rice, apples, pineapple, apricots, coconut, mint, and cilantro; stir to combine.
- Dressing: Add all the dressing ingredients to the container of an electric blender; process until smooth.
- Pour the dressing over the rice mixture; toss to coat.
- Add salt and pepper to taste; serve.
I really enjoyed this salad! I used leftover basmati rice, slivered almonds, fresh pineapple and some currants. I did not add the coconut, apple or mint. I wanted to use up a small bit of chicken breast so diced it and added it too!! I did not blend the dressing, mixed it well and stirred it into the mixture creating a nice chunky salad! I will make this again!!