Oh my, do I love cold salads during the summer. And especially the ones that taste more than your basic salad with lettuce & veggies, which leave you hungry again not long after. I came up with this recipe by accident when playing around with different ingredients, just flowing through a cooking session without a set agenda. It's similar to an asian salad but done in a healthy, plant-based version.
- 1-2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 250g of red rice
- 1 cup green peas (I use the ones that are already ready in a jar & rinse them in a strainer first)
- 3 carrots sliced in half
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 2 stalks of green onion
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/8 cup sliced almonds
- handful of chopped fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons tamari sauce
- juice of 1 lime
- himalayan pink salt & pepper to taste
Red rice is not only delicious with it's nutty flavour but is filled with antioxidants. It also holds a high nutritional value in comparison to other rice. It's especially rich in fiber, iron, calcium, and vitamin B1 & B2. I find it particular tasty in this dish combination and even a small portion will leave you full and satisfied.
[1.] Cook red rice according to package instructions. Add 1-2 teaspoons (depending on how creamy you would like it) of coconut oil into the pot once water starts boiling. Allow rice to completely cool down once it's ready.
[2.] Meanwhile, chop the bell pepper and green onions into small pieces. Use a vegetable peeler to slice the carrot into long strips.
[3.] Mix rice and vegetables together into a bowl.
[4.] Spread sliced almonds onto a baking plate, put into oven at 100°C/212°F for a few minutes until toasted.
[5.] Stir in tamari sauce, lime juice, basil, salt and pepper. Add in almonds once they are cooled down.
[6.] Serve on top of your favourite greens (I used an arugula blend) with a slice of lime.
[7.] Sprinkle sesame seeds over dish and you're ready to enjoy!
If you've already seen some of my other recipes, then you know I love to make things in big portions to have meals ready for the days ahead. This recipe isn't any different and is a great meal for quick breaks since it also requires no heating up. Enjoy it on these hot summer days all while knowing you're filling your body up with nutritious goodness!