Louisville Rice Salad
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup mandarin orange segments, drained and coarsely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (optional)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery (optional)
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper (optional)
1/2 cup green peas (optional)
Bring rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
Let rice cool for at least 30 minutes, stirring several times as it cools. Transfer to a large salad bowl.
Mix vegetable oil, lemon juice, wine vinegar, sugar, chives, tarragon, and salt together in a bowl until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Pour dressing over the cooled rice and stir to combine.
Mix your choice of slivered almonds, raisins, mandarin orange segments, onion, celery, bell pepper, and peas into the rice mixture and lightly toss to combine. Cover salad and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
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