Mum’s Warm Rice Salad

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Since when did I become poor and obese? Okay so maybe I’m not obese but my body has sneakily put on 5lbs behind my back, RUDE! So, as I can’t afford to buy nice new fat clothes, my only option is to go on a diet… Sigh. It’s not like I sit around all day squirting cream into my mouth but I’ve perhaps been overindulging a tad more than usual. Unfortunately, this means that we shan’t be dining on butternut squash gnocchi with brown butter this week my little blogging chums. Instead, we have a low fat, poor man’s menu starting with my mum’s rice salad…

… Oh stop crying, it’s for your own good!

Warm Rice Salad
Serves 6 / takes 25 minutes / Vegan
Ingredients:
1 cup of brown basmati rice
100g toasted cashews
1 small red onion
4 sticks of celery
1 red pepper
12 cherry tomatoes halved
3 big handfuls baby spinach
Zest & juice of 1 lemon
1 tbs olive oil
4 tbs soy sauce
(My mum usually adds avocado, I didn’t because I didn’t have one and couldn’t be bothered to walk to the shop)

Method:
1. Start by putting a cup of rice in a pan with 2 parts cold water and season with salt. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover with a lid but leave a small gap to let some of the air escape. Once all the water has absorbed, remove from the heat and cover with the lid again although properly this time. Leave to one side.
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2. Pop your cashews in a pan with some spray oil and toast them until they get a bit of colour. Decant the cashews into a bowl, spray the frying pan with more spray oil and fry the chopped red onion until soft.
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3. Meanwhile, chop the celery, red pepper then half your cherry tomatoes (don’t forget to salt and pepper them). Zest and juice the lemon and pour 1 tbs of olive oil and 4 tbs of soy sauce into a small bowl. Add the lemon juice and put to one side.
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4. By this time your rice should be nicely cooked and a little cooler. Add the red onions to it and give it a good mix. Pour into a large bowl and start to add the other ingredients one by one until combined. I like making a big batch of this salad as it’s lovely to have cold the next day for lunch.
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If you’ve had a go at making my rice salad or any of my other recipes I’d love, love, LOVE to see them! @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com

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