Prep + Cook = 25 minutes + chilling (optional) 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
This rice salad is so popular with Scramble subscribers that founder Aviva Goldfarb often uses it at her cookbook demo events. Serve it with hummus or baba ghanoush (a Middle Eastern eggplant dip) with pita chips and baby carrots.
Ingredients: 7 oz. rice pilaf, any flavor, or use 1 1/4 cups uncooked rice or orzo noodles 1 tsp. curry powder 1/2 cup unsalted cashews or slivered almonds, lightly toasted 1/2 cup dried cranberries 2 stalks celery, diced 5 – 8 oz. can diced water chestnuts, drained 1/4 cup orange juice 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 Tbsp. peanut oil
Prepare the rice pilaf (or rice or orzo) according to the package directions. Add the curry powder to the water with the rice before cooking it.
While the rice is cooking, put the nuts, cranberries, celery and water chestnuts in a medium bowl.
In a measuring cup, mix together the orange juice, soy sauce and oil.
When the rice is done, add it to the bowl with the nuts and vegetables, and toss it with the sauce. Mix it thoroughly and chill until ready to serve it, at least 30 minutes, if possible, and up to 48 hours.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Increase the curry powder to 1 1/2 tsp.
Tip: To lightly toast nuts, use a broiling pan in the toaster oven and set the toaster to the lightest setting. When the nuts are light brown, remove them from the oven and add them to the salad. Nuts burn easily, so watch them closely. Alternatively, bake them at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, stirring them once, until they are light brown and fragrant. Nutritional Information per serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 270, Total Fat 10g, 15%, Saturated Fat 2g, 10%, Cholesterol 0mg, 0%, Sodium 570mg, 24%, Total Carbohydrate 43g, 14% Dietary Fiber 2g, 8% Sugar 9g, Protein 5g
Nutritional Information per serving (with 1/4 cup hummus, 1 oz. pita chips, 1 cup carrots) (% based upon daily values): Calories 554, Total Fat 21.5g, 32%, Saturated Fat 3g, 14%, Cholesterol 0mg, 0%, Sodium 1231mg, 52%, Total Carbohydrate 81.6g, 27% Dietary Fiber 10.2g, 41% Sugar 14.5g, Protein 14g