I threw down $3.00 for this meal because I only needed to buy the peppers and sesame oil (served 4)
C’mon, you know you have some brown rice kicking around in the pantry. You need to use it already. Go get some crisp, bright and fruity bell peppers from the farmer’s market, gather up that basil you have leftover from making pesto the other night, and dig out the white wine vinegar you’ve kept around for ages, because this is a great salad and you really shouldn’t miss it. All credit goes to Amy Bronee, who owns rights to the original recipe. (I modified it a little, mainly by using less oil, because my first attempt came out TOO wet and oily.) The only way I can describe this is: it’s like the best stir-fry you ever had, only it is a salad. I could eat a bath tub full of this stuff. (This is slow food at its best, everyone knows that brown rice takes forever and you have to roast the peppers. Well worth the time, as all good food is.) Your kitchen will smell amazing while waiting for this dish.
- 4 large bell peppers, (yellow, orange and red) seeded and cut into quarters
- drizzle canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup long grain brown rice
- 1/4 cup basil, sliced
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp sesame oil, scant
- dash of any wine vinegar red or white or sherry
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- Toss peppers with a drizzle of canola oil in a baking vessel and roast in a 400 degree (F) oven for 35 minutes until softened and edges darken. (Go to steps 4 and 5 while waiting.)
- Move peppers to refrigerator to cool for half an hour.
- Once cooled, chop peppers into slices and then cut slices into thirds.
- Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat and add the salt.
- Add rice, cover, adjust heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes until the water is absorbed and rice is tender.
- Drain rice, fluff with fork. You can rinse to cool or leave the rice warm, depending on how you like it.
- Combine all the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk.
- Combine peppers, rice, dressing, and basil in a large salad bowl and toss. DONE!
(Hey- I just found out that I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog award! I feel loved.)