Summer Asian Salad

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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.

 

The Ingredients:

- 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

 

Ingredient Highlight
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.

 

The How:

[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! 

 

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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! 

With love,
♥ JJ