Versatile Rice Salads

(NAPSI)—Add interest to your menu with grain-based salads. They can double as a meal or a side dish and complement a variety of foods.


Rice is one of the most popular grains to use. With its nutty flavor and delightful aroma, American-grown RiceSelect™ Texmati® Rice complements most ingredients you have on hand to create your own special dish.


For example, mix cooked rice with marinated, dried tomatoes and green onion; drizzle with Caesar dressing, feta cheese and olives for an Athenian salad.


Or try a slightly sweet blend of rice, apples and dried cranberries in a yogurt dressing topped with toasted chopped nuts.
Rice salads can be eaten warm or chilled, depending on what you add. Since the flavor gets better with time, con-sider making it in advance and chill for a quick-to-serve meal.


Try this refreshing idea:

Orange Mint Rice
• 3 oranges
• 3 cups cooked RiceSelect Texmati Rice
• 1/3 cup golden raisins
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• Salt and pepper to taste


Peel and segment two oranges; set aside. Squeeze juice from remaining orange; set aside. In a large bowl, combine rice, orange segments, raisins, mint and walnuts. Add orange juice; toss well. Salt and pepper to taste.


Yield: 6 servings


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