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Tex-Mex Rice Salad

By • Mar 29th, 2008 • Category: Salads and Dressings Print Print

Tex-Mex Rice Salad

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This rice salad utilizes fresh lemon juice, sweet bell peppers, fresh corn and aromatic cumin and cilantro – so flavorful and so simple. This salad keeps well in the fridge, if you’re lucky enough to have any left over.

Serves 6

Ingredients:
3 T. olive oil
3 medium zucchini, diced small
Salt to taste
Juice of 2 large lemons
2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 T. cumin seeds
4 c. cooked long-grain fragrant rice (such as jasmine or basmati)
3/4 c. coarsely chopped cilantro
1 large sweet red pepper, diced
1 can green chiles
1/2 c. chopped scallions

To prepare:
Sauté diced zucchini in olive oil over medium-high heat, until it’s softened – about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with the lemon juice. Set aside.

Cook corn kernels in boiling water just until crisp tender, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Dry roast cumin in a small cast iron pan until they release their aroma, then crush them in a mortar and pestle.

In a bowl, combine all salad ingredients and toss to combine, then add additional lemon juice and salt to taste.

Chill for about 1 hour prior to serving. This salad is a wonderful accompaniment to such Mexican-influenced dishes as tacos, tostadas, or with pinto or black beans.

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is Toni Fiore was raised by an Italian-American father and a German mother who instilled in her a sociable nature and the love of travel and of good food. She has lived in Italy and Germany and now resides in southern Maine. She is the author of: Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian
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