Basmati rice salad

 

Delicious Brown Basmati Rice Salad.

To make this yummy rice salad, I thought olives, green onions, tomatoes and walnuts would be a nice combo!

I mixed the chopped olives, onions, walnuts and tomatoes with the dressing to marinate while the rice was cooking.

I sampled it, of course, to make sure I was on the right track…very nice!  I love this tangy mixture.

The warm rice steamed up the veggies and made it even more yummy! Did you know you could purchase brown basmati rice? More fiber = better for you.

This recipe makes about 6 servings.  Serving size about 3/4 cup

Basmati rice salad ( with FODMAP friendly version)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup green onion, sliced
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped {FODMAPer limit to 1/4 cup}
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped {FODMAPers reduce to 1/2 cup}
  • 1 cup fresh basil, sliced in strips
  • Dressing:
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 3 TB fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 1-2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 TB soy sauce {I use Tamari reduced sodium}
  • ½ tsp coriander seed, ground

Instructions

  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. {1 cup rice to 2 cups water}
  2. While rice is cooking, prepare dressing by whisking all the ingredients together.
  3. Mix olives, green onion, sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts with dressing in medium size bowl.
  4. Add warm cooked rice to mixture.
  5. Add basil and lightly toss. Enjoy immediately.
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I added lots of walnuts to this recipe because walnuts are very good for you.  If you take a look at a walnut half it looks like the human brain!  In fact, walnuts are one of the few plant foods that contain healthy omega-3 fats which are great for your heart, brain and mood. There are 2 kinds of common walnuts: English and the black walnut.   Walnuts are a great source of fiber, protein, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.  

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