Spring Rice Salad With Lemon-dill Dressing
photo by Kumquat the Cats fr
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- 1 cup basmati rice or 1 cup long grain rice
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1⁄2 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1⁄2 lb sugar snap pea, trimmed
- 1⁄2 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 -4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 -2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- lemon wedge (optional)
- fresh dill sprig (optional)
- Prepare rice according to package directions using stock instead of water and omitting salt and butter. Set aside when done.
- Meanwhile, chop vegetables and bring saucepan 3/4 full of water to boil. Add green beans and snow peas and blanch for about 4-5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Remove with slotted spoon and let cool.
- Add asparagus to reserved water in saucepan and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes or until desired tenderness. Drain and let cool with other vegetables.
- In large bowl wisk together lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Add rice and vegetables and toss.
- Garnish with dill sprigs and lemon wedges if desired.
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LOVED this Kumquat! In fact I had to try very hard to leave my mom some of the leftovers for lunch. It's so versatile; I have to admit I used extra green beans, some fresh shelled peas, and cauliflower! It's what was in the fridge and it worked! We ate it slightly warm. I too am a lemon-dill fan. Tanks for this wonderful sure-to-be-repeated lunch idea!
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