Lentil - Wild Rice Salad

Every time I make rice (especially Basmati Rice) in a rice cooker, it sticks to the bottom and I have to scrape it out. So, due to all the scratches at the bottom, I bought a new rice cooker. I got a receipe book along with it.. This receipe caught my eye, as it said salad with rice and lentil ..Hmm..When I went through the ingredients..it looked simple and healthy too.. When I made and served it to my hubby, he din't believe that it is a salad.. It tasted Yumm..

Ingredients for Salad Wild Rice – 1 cup Brown Lentils – ½ cup Green Onions (chopped) – 3 Celery stalk (diced) – 1 Red bell Pepper (diced) – 1 Water – 4 cups Salt Dressing: Extra- Virgin Olive oil – 1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar – 2 Tb spoon Dijon Mustard – 2 tsp Ground black pepper – ¼ tsp Fresh Italian parsley – 1 Tb spoon (I used Cilantro / coriander leaves) Fresh Lemon thyme (minced) – 2 tsp Sweet marjoram (minced) – 2tsp ( I have not used this) Method:

  • Place the wild rice, lentils and water in the rice cooker.
  • Cook for one hour.
  • Then add green onions, celery and red bell pepper.
  • Close the lid and continue cooking until rice is tender for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the salad and place in a serving bowl. Cool to room temperature.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard, black pepper and fresh herbs.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the rice and lentil salad and toss well.
  • Serve at room temperature or chill for up to 4 hours before serving.

I would like to send my Lentil - Wild Rice Salad to MLLA hosted by Srivalli. My Legume Love Affair was originally started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook.

PS: I have used Uncle Bens Wild rice. I did not use the seasoning that came along with it. Uncle Ben rice is a mixture of wild rice and long grain rice.

16 comments:

Suma Rajesh said...

woo this looks kool and healthy...colourful and inviting tooo.

Vij said...

Brilliant looking salad! looks so nice.

First time here. U have a lovely space.

Do visit mine. :-)

sowmya said...

good one..looks delecious..

Happy cook said...

Wowo i love salade like these.It is super delicious.

Asha said...

I always cook rice in the microwave and always add 1/4 tsp of oil in the water to avoid the boiling over, works well.

Love the nutty flavor of Wild rice, looks so good Ash! :))

Maya said...

Ya, looking at the pic, I too would get it confused, but what a great idea for a salad it is !!I love lentils.

Pavithra Kodical said...

hey such an healthy and delicious recipe..

Yes i had the same problem when i cooked basmathi rice first time.Then i got to know this happens because basmathi rice has more starch in it.So wash the rice 4 to 5 times and soak in cold water for 10 mins.Now i have no problem cooking basmathi rice.Hope this helps you :)

Archy said...

Salad looks so healthy an colorful.. Great entry !!

Smitha said...

Looks so colourful...

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Thank You Suma, Vij and sowmya. Will surely visit your blog Vij. Thank you all for taking time and visiting my blog.

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Happy Cook - It was really very good.Din't feel like we were eating a salad..

Asha - Thank you for your encouragement.. and also thank you for the tip of making non sticking rice..

Maya - Thank you..Ya definitely got confused by seeing both rice and lentils in it..

Thank You Pavitra..It is definitely healthy too...Thank you for the tip.. Will try.

Archy, Smitha - Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving encouraging words..

Shreya said...

such a colourful and healthy salad:-)

Malar Gandhi said...

Same pinch...I too made this few days ago...probably will blog about it later...this plate looks inviting....

Srivalli said...

Thank you for the lovely entries!

LG said...

Salad looks delicious. Intha salad kote dine thinnabahudu nodi :)

sandhya said...

Sounds really nice..Salad looks so healthy and colorful.