Cucumber, Orange and Wild Rice Salad

Wild rice is a nutty flavoured type of grass seed, it is black in colour and is best cooked in tiny amounts (it is expensive!) or mixed in with brown or white rice. Have you ever tried to have orange in a salad? Orange is a powerful cleanser and cooling cucumber relieves water retention. What a great detox combination! This is a nice fresh tasting salad and is perfect to have in springtime or summer. This is also a good recipe to have if you are coming out of a fast for a few days. There is enough here to serves four people.

Ingredients

  • 225g Wild Rice, or use 75% brown and 25% wild rice
  • 850ml water
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tblsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tblsp Olive oil
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • 1 each of red, yellow & orange peppers, skinned, deseeded & thinly sliced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes cut into chunks
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 large orange, peeled break into segments which you cut in half
  • 1 medium telegraph cucumber (take the seeds out please) and cut into small chunks.
  • Generous amounts of parsley or coriander

Method

  • Put the wild rice and water into a large pan and bring to the boil.  Stir, cover and simmer for a bout 40 minutes or until the rice is al dente (firm to the bite).  Uncover the rice for the last few minutes of cooking to allow any excess water to evaporate.
  • To make the dressing, put the crushed garlic, vinegar, olive oil and seasoning into a screw-top jar and shake vigorously.  Add extra vinegar, oil or seasoning as required.
  • Drain the rice and place into a large bowl.  Pour over the dressing and mix in.  The mix in the chopped peppers, cucumber, orange, tomatoes, red onion and parsley or coriander.

 

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