It’s no secret – I adore salads. I’ve posted tons of salad recipes on The Fig Tree. I’m a sucker for salads filled with delicious, crisp greens and fresh chopped veggies. And even sometimes some fruit. But every now and again, I get bored of the same old green salad. Sometimes I crave something a little more hearty – something with beans, nuts and/or cooked grains such as quinoa, couscous, barley, millet, kamut, farro or rice.
Ever since I made this Creamy Herb & Cucumber Salad, I’ve been completely smitten with rice salads of all kinds. They are perfect for work lunches and light, but satisfying dinners. They are great for potlucks, picnics and BBQs too! Plus they are incredibly easy to throw together. The rice acts as a blank canvas for so many great flavour combinations! This salad is just plain yummy. It’s fresh and vibrant with a great combination of sweet, sour, spicy and salty flavours. The homemade pickled radish and carrots really make this dish. They give the perfect bite! The crushed cashews give the salad a lot of texture and the edamame boosts the protein content along with the avocado that lends the perfect amount of creaminess.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! I am off to the annual local Jazz Festival this weekend! Lots of free shows going on downtown. Cannot wait! Plus, I’ll be attending a birthday party, a graduation party, a Zumbathon, a BBQ, a father’s day brunch and gearing up for my birthday next week. Yikes! It’s going to be a busy one, but we are trying to jam everything in before we head off on our European adventure next month. :)
Source: adapted from Canadian Living Magazine July 2014