RSS – Rice Summer Salad

August 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ll start by saying this is undoubtedly one of the tastiest meals I have made lately – modesty aside. On Friday I boiled a big pot of brown rice and enjoyed some with spinach garlicky puree. I placed the rest in the fridge to be enjoyed sometime during the week-end.

Today I was inspired to create a light, summery dish that would make us happy without too much labour. This RSS ‘aggregates’ the slow-releasing carbs of brown rice, an array of vitamins from the eggplant and zucchini, the omega 3s from olive oil and anti-cancer properties of garlic. Epic success!

You will need:

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • one medium eggplant
  • one medium zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil – or more, to taste
  • juice from half a lemon
  • salt, pepper

The rice can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge as the RSS salad is meant to be served chilled anyway [this is also a great tip to save time when you’re in a hurry]. Chop the eggplant and zucchini in small pieces and toss with 2  tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper in a bag. This technique is hassle-free and I love it. Then pop in the oven until veggies become soft.

In the meantime…. chop the garlic and puree with remaining olive oil and lemon juice. Then pour this beautiful concoction on top of the rice and let the aromas blend well in the fridge. Once the veggies are ready, let them cool a bit and add to the rice base. The cold-warm contrast is superb and the lemon garlic flavour is to die for… Mint leaves would have been great but we didn’t have any.

We served this as a main dish as it surprisingly dense, however you could ‘dress it up’ with tahini to make it much more rich and satisfying. Needless to say, I will make this RSS much more often from now on…

There are two things that I have learned today: one is to let yourself be inspired to create a new dish without thinking too much about it. The other lesson is that great food doesn’t have to be cooked forever or contain 16498 ingredients. And the third one… I am simply a great cook.Yeehaa.

 

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