January 2017

Black Rice Salad with Apricots and Almonds

Serves 4
Prep time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 5 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish
Misc Gourmet, Pre-preparable
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Thanksgiving
By author Chef Eric Lundy
You'll enjoy this delicious salad as a side or main dish year round!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Black Forbidden Rice
  • good salt, like Bitterman’s Fleur de Sel and black pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion (halved and sliced thin)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse grain mustard
  • 8-10 dried apricots (sliced)
  • 1/3 cup whole raw almonds (toasted and roughly chopped)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • lemon olive oil (we love the Ranise brand from Italy)

Directions

Step 1
1. Rinse rice in a sieve under cold running water until water runs clear.
Step 2
2. Bring rice, water (1¾ cups), ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to a boil in a 2 ½ - to 3-quarts heavy saucepan, uncovered, over medium-high heat.
Step 3
Cover and reduce heat to low, and then cook until rice is tender and most of water has been absorbed, about 35 minutes.
Step 4
3. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and the spread onto a sheet pan to quickly cool down; about 20-30 minutes.
Step 5
4. While rice is cooking; in a large bowl, combine the red onion, orange juice, vinegar, mustard and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss to combine and set aside to let the red onions soften a bit and the dressings flavors to come alive.
Step 6
5. When the rice has cooled, stir it into the bowl with the dressing and toss to combine. Add the apricots, almonds, dried cranberries/cherries and most of the parsley and toss to incorporate. Season with a bit more salt and pepper.
Step 7
Divide among four bowls/plates or on to one large platter. Garnish with the feta cheese and dress with drizzle of lemon olive oil and a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper and a few pinches of salt, if desired.