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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 RE: laredo 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 RE: todao 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 RE: laredo 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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        laredo RE: kbjesq Aug 5, 2012 12:22 PM

        Thanks for the suggestion, kbj. Will do.

      2. ipsedixit RE: laredo Aug 4, 2012 12:26 PM

        Go simple and basic.

        Salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

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          laredo RE: ipsedixit Aug 5, 2012 12:46 PM

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

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          jbsiegel RE: laredo 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 RE: laredo 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 RE: laredo 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 RE: laredo 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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