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Picnic Rice Salad


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Picnic Rice Salad

Pack this rice salad up for any picnic or any time you are on the go.


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min
  • Ready Time : 30 min





    • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
    • 1 c. extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tsp. lemon zest
    • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 c. long grain white rice
    • 3 c. chicken or vegetable stock
    • 2 c. chopped walnuts
    • 1/2 c. California raisins
    • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
    • 1/2 c. chopped scallions
    • 1/2 c. chopped celery
    • 1/2 c. chopped carrots
    • 1/2 c. chopped green or red bell pepper
    • Lettuce leaves to line plates (optional)
    • 1 brunch watercress (optional)


    Place the lemon juice in a bowl. Whisk in the oil and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside

    In a fine mesh strainer, rinse the rice under cold running water until the water runs clear. Place the rice and chicken stock in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.
    Let the water boil for 2 to 3 minutes; then reduce the heat to low.
    Cover the pan and cook for about 15 minutes or until all the stock is absorbed and rice is tender. Fluff with a fork and let cool.
    In a large bowl, combine the cooled rice with remaining salad ingredients.
    Add the lemon dressing and mix well. Check and adjust the seasonings. Line a bowl or platter with lettuce leaves. Mound the rice salad on the lettuce and garnish with watercress sprigs.

    Source: Chef Roy Harland and California Raisin Marketing Board


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    4 Responses to Picnic Rice Salad

    1. avatar says: Carol

      How this dish taste if it were made from brown rice instead of white rice?

    2. Love the word Picnic after this past winter! Nice going. Rice salad is also one of my faves. Funny, I never put raisins and nuts together with rice — done it with pasta, etc. But why not! Will try.

      • total WHY NOT! I have a new recipe in my upcoming Joy of Kosher cookbook featuring raisins and nuts and rice and more :-)

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