8 Bento #139 - Veggie Rice Salad

Friday, December 3, 2010


The other night I made a batch of jasmine rice for dinner...and then realized I didn't have a major ingredient I needed (don't you hate that?)  I pulled it out of the fridge last night and thought I could make something good with it, and all these wonderful fresh veggies I have.  Maybe a rice salad?  I have to admit, I don't think I've ever tasted a rice salad, let alone made one, but when I get a food idea in my head, I just have to try it.  I started by finely dicing carrots, celery, asparagus, julienned some cucumber and chiffonade some baby spinach.


I tossed it with the rice, along with some freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt, a few dried cranberries, and tossed it all with a pinch of Pecorino Romano cheese, and about 1 tsp of salad cream.  It tasted wonderful!  It's mild enough for a kid, but if I was making it for myself, I'd add some really good brined black olives, diced tomatoes and a hard boiled egg or two and a splash of cider vinegar to give it more body and depth.  The raw veg gives it this fresh, crisp texture, and the cranberries are sweet and give it a nice chewy bite.


Bento #139 - Jasmine rice salad with organic carrots, organic baby spinach, celery, asparagus, cucumbers, and cranberries, mini meat balls and fresh raspberries.

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8 comments:

Lyndsey said...

It looks good, almost looks like my orzo pasta salad. :D My daughter would like this, she like rice on everything. She would pull out some furikake for her rice...she does that often.

LVF said...

looks delicious and very easy. i would love to try this.

Kelly Polizzi said...

Yum, looks delicious!

I posted one of Willow's lunches in my new bento box won on your giveaway http://kpolizzi.blogspot.com/2010/12/willows-lunch.html thanks again!

Stretching My Imagination said...

Yup, rice salads are tasty. I've done them similarly to quinoa salads... great vehicle for using bits and pieces of things, and because the rice is a cooked base, it can take some spices to absorb too, kind of playing the role of "salad dressing". Your combo looks great.

Emily - Bentobloggy.com said...

Lyndsey - Orzo, yum! I haven't had that in a while!

Emily - Bentobloggy.com said...

LVF - it's simple and yummy!

Emily - Bentobloggy.com said...

Kelly - that bento is soo cute!! Glad Willow likes the lunch bag and bento box =)

Emily - Bentobloggy.com said...

Stretching My Imagination - LOVE the idea of quinoa, I love the nutty flavor.

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