Suggestion for dressing for rice salad, please!
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. :<((
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)
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.
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.
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