Himalayan Red Rice Salad with Cranberries
Water or vegetable broth for cooking rice
3 bay leaves
1/2 cup red rice, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup carrots, finely diced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons toasted nuts (chopped pine nuts, almonds or walnuts)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tamari
Preparation: Follow instructions on red rice package-with addition of the bay leaves. Due to the various types of red rice available, cooking times will vary between 25 and 45 minutes-although any type of red rice is suitable for this recipe.
1. Bring water or broth to a boil, along with bay leaves. Sprinkle in the red rice. Bring to a boil again. Turn down heat and cover pot, simmering without stirring until grains are tender and water is absorbed. Remove bay leaves.
2. To toast nuts, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking pan (preferably one with walls). Heat for several minutes or until the nuts start to turn golden. Shake the halfway through toasting.
3. In a saute pan over medium heat, cook the garlic and ginger in oil about 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Combine raw vegetables with rice, toasted nuts, cranberries, vinegar and tamari in a bowl. Mix well. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Serve.
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