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Suggestion for dressing for rice salad, please!

laredo Aug 3, 2012 03:31 PM

We have been eating barrels of salad which has been good but I'm a little weary of oil and vinegar type dressings.

Tonight I am using up leftover rotisserie chicken and really good brown rice in combination with cole slaw mix, onions, cilantro, and maybe some sauteed almonds.

If you have a different slant on a dressing, please send it my way. The heat has zapped my brain. :<((

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  1. todao Aug 3, 2012 03:39 PM

    Combine 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 tsp lemon zest, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon horseradish, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1 Tbsp. mustard. Salt and pepper to taste; or:
    1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/8 tsp. curry powder, juice from green olives or artichoke hearts; or:
    4 Tbsp olive oil (or salad oil) 1/2 tsp lemon zest, 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, 3 Tbsp. sour cream (or yogurt)

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    1. re: todao
      laredo Aug 3, 2012 04:49 PM

      Thanks so much, todao. I had exactly three T of sour cream on hand, so made the third recipe.

      It is delicious and different.

      Thanks so much for your prompt suggestion!

    2. kbjesq Aug 4, 2012 08:35 AM

      Mmmmn. Good time of year for rice salad. Have you tried Sri Wasano's Infamous Indonesian Rice Salad from the Moosewood Cookbook (Mollie Katzen)? Google it for the recipe!

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      1. re: kbjesq
        laredo Aug 5, 2012 12:22 PM

        Thanks for the suggestion, kbj. Will do.

      2. ipsedixit Aug 4, 2012 12:26 PM

        Go simple and basic.

        Salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          laredo Aug 5, 2012 12:46 PM

          Hmmm, cayenne -- hadn't thought about that.....Thanks, ipsedixit

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          jbsiegel Aug 5, 2012 12:40 PM

          We do this one a lot: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          Lots of possible variations on the rice/meat...

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            sr44 Aug 5, 2012 12:54 PM

            I've done this one a lot: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

            I don't fuss with the dressing as much as they want you to do. This is also good with brown rice and very dramatic with red or black rice.

            1. greygarious Aug 5, 2012 06:53 PM

              Your choice of purchased dressings, or recipes, is infinite. There is no dressing that isn't appropriate for a rice salad.

              Sounds like you would do well to stock your pantry with several types of vinegars and oils. Any vinaigrette can be transformed by adding mayo and/or sour cream.

              When I am having cold seafood in a salad, I prefer a version of pink cocktail sauce as the dressing. Whisk your choice of sweetening into mayo. It's important to mix thoroughly for the final product to be smooth. Roughly a tsp of sugar to 2 oz mayo. Then mix in a tsp of prepared horseradish and 4 oz. chili sauce (the red kind next to the ketchup in the supermarket). That's a guesstimate. I use Splenda, and never measure. Sometimes I add a tbsp of pickle relish too.
              Which reminds me - save the brine from your pickle jar to use instead of plain vinegar in your homemade vinaigrettes.

              1. Emme Aug 5, 2012 08:39 PM

                i have an all-purpose lemon white-wine vinaigrette that i use for salads, stuffed endives, and anything else that will take acidic/slightly sweet/citrus/etc... but i know you're over oil/vinegar.

                i also like to wild rice with chopped nuts, scallions, currants, orange zest, a splash of orange juice and olive oil. sometimes a pinch of turmeric.

                other thoughts:
                toss with a cilantro or basil pesto
                season with garam masala, salt and pepper, stir in some diced sauteed onions
                toss with butter, roasted garlic and parmesan

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