Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Honey Peach and Tomato Black Rice Salad Recipe

If I had to pick my favorite kind of rice it would be sticky rice. Although, black rice, also known as Forbidden rice, comes in a close second.

The idea of even having a favorite variety seems a bit crazy to me considering that five years ago I only knew of two kinds - white and brown. That's what a little travel and food blogging will do for you. If nothing else, it opens you up to the world of rice.

Jasmine, basmati, glutinous, purple glutinous - and those are just a handful of the varieties I've been exposed to the past few years. Black rice really stands out among the crowd because of its purple color, and aromatic, nutty flavor. 

I've had some sitting in the pantry for a while, and I finally cooked it up this past weekend. Since, for me, summer is the season for cold grain salads I thought I'd give it a try with some local fruits.

I matched up the peaches from the farmer's market with some of the yellow tomatoes that are growing like wildfire in our garden. The nutty rice called for something a little tangy and sweet as the dressing so a little lemon juice and honey did the trick.

 Honey Peach and Tomato Black Rice Salad

1 ½ cups chopped peaches
½ cup chopped yellow or orange tomato
2 tbsp chopped red onion
2 cups cooked black rice, cooled
2 tbsp honey
Juice of ½ a lemon
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp salt

In a medium bowl, stir together the peaches, tomato, onion and black rice. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. 

Pour the dressing over the black rice salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Serves 4 to 6. 


TasteHongKong said...

Peaches are beautiful in the markets now, I believe it would be a great variation to the usual treats of black sticky rice with mango. Thanks for sharing!

Ruth Martins said...

Oh wow, this sounds and looks so delicious. I've never tried Black rice but really want to now!

Zoe said...

Love this Asian fusion dessert. Very elegant to eat and very beautiful in flavours.

Your blog is awesome. Happy to follow you for lots of travel tips and fusion cooking :D

emily (a nutritionist eats) said...

Black rice is definitely the best looking rice out there... :) I've only had it once...in a dessert form I believe?

Joanne said...

I love how this salad pairs two of my favorite summer fruits! You just can't go wrong.

eatingRD said...

This sounds so good! I haven't tried black rice before. I wonder if TJs has it? I also have a lot of nectarines that need to be used up. Yum!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Black rice and salad, you are very creative !

Meegan said...

I am making this right now for a potluck tonight. It sounds terrific, and mixes some of my favorite flavors! Thanks for the recipe.

Lori said...

Meegan - Hope you like it!

Meegan said...

It turned out great, and got rave reviews from everyone! I even had two people ask to take home "to go bowls" of the salad. I would say this will definitely make it into my recipe box!