Too often I neglect to write about food. I think part of it is that it’s so much a part of me that it doesn’t seem very interesting. I mean, I’m LEARNING how to sew, so there’s just a lot more fodder to write about (I’ll never be done learning to cook, I just trust my instincts a lot more because I’ve been doing it longer). That being said, when I started this blog, it was my intention to write about food more. Hence today.
My good friend Tamara (who is often my partner in all crimes food) made a similar salad the other day for lunch and I thought it was delicious. She put tuna and avocado in hers and served heirloom tomatoes on the side. I love grain salads, but I never think about rice. Plus, it makes a lot of salad which ensures easy lunches for me for a couple of days which is handy with a wee one around. It sounds like a lot of ingredients, but really, you could make it as wild or simple as you like based on what’s hanging around your fridge.
Salmon Rice Salad
1 cup dry basmati rice cooked–I’m not sure how much that yields…
1 shallot, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup green beans cut into 1″ lengths
juice of 1 lime
1 rib celery, diced (if you have any celery with the inner leaves–use them too…they’re yummy)
1/2 cucumber, peeled and julienned in about 2″ lengths
3 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 cup cashews
2 good handfuls of cilantro, torn off stems
1 can wild salmon, drained and any obvious bones removed
1 T rice vinegar
olive oil–enough to suit your fancy–say 3-4 T
salt and pepper to your liking
If the rice is leftover, you’re set. If you’ve just cooked it, spread it on a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment or waxed paper to let it cool.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 T oil when the pan is hot. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent. Add the green beans and saute until the beans are crisp-tender. Salt and pepper the beans to taste.
Toss the beans and rice in with all the other ingredients. Add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Sit down and have a lovely lunch. You deserve it!
More sewing later. Gnomey is back. She had a good nick in the throatplate (I thought my 1/4″ foot was a blind hemmer–whoops!) and a worn out link that was causing the problem. There are lots of projects on the table…almost so many I feel a bit discombobulated. Such is life. Noah’s cutting a tooth too, so that could have to do with my state of I’m-not-sure-what’s-going-on-here.