This is penance for all those ice creams I made (and ate) this summer. Restitution for those burgers, and that insane pork sandwich. Atonement for those french fries and pancakes. In short, I’m back on the wagon. At least for now.
That said, I can’t think of a tastier, more satisfying or filling way to do it than with this tangy italian black rice salad. Seriously. It’s that good! Scott had thirds.
With colorful, crunchy peppers, green onions and toothsome black rice, there’s a lot going on here.
Fresh mozzarella and a chiffonade of bright, herby basil meld beautifully with the rest of the flavors.
And yes, there’s kale. Not much. 2-3 leaves. Just enough to round out this dish.
This is not your typical salad. Nope, it’s the kind of dish that makes you want to eat more. The kind of meal you eat with your arm protectively guarding the contents of your plate from passersby. You never know when someone’s going to swoop in for a bite of fresh mozzarella.
And fortuitously, it stores for 2-3 days without wilting, so it’s ideal for brown-bagging. If you can wait that long to eat it.
This salad is great for lunch or dinner - add chicken or shrimp for a heartier meal. Also, the salad lasts, even with the dressing for a few days... Great for brown bag lunches!
- 2 cups cooked black rice at room temperature
- 1/2 red bell pepper cut to 1/2" dice
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper cut to 1/2" dice
- 4 green onions thinly sliced
- 1 large tomato seeded and cut into 1/2" dice
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella cut to 1/2" dice
- 2 cups kale leaves tough stems removed, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves thinly sliced
- 1 lemon zested and juiced
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large clove garlic minced
Combine the rice, bell peppers, onion, tomato, mozzarella and kale into a large bowl. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, juice, dijon mustard, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic until emulsified.
Add the basil, mint and dressing to the salad and toss well to combine. Serve.