Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Orange Rice Salad

It's always fun to participate in Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Designs by Gollum. Everyone has such great dishes and often tablesettings too! It's a fun Friday pastime, see what everyone has contributed to Foodie Friday!


This is the orange rice salad that I made for our Light Supper last Friday and served again for luncheon on Saturday. It's easy to do, it's delicious and went so well with the ham. With an oil and vinegar dressing, it's very portable and would make a great picnic salad. Everyone always serves potato salad -- try something different!



I did make a substitution. This is the prairie. Pine nuts are not that common but pecans are so I used them and I felt that the salad was even more perfect with the pecans. Slices of oranges made a great decoration for the salad.
This recipe is from one of my favorite chef's, Anna Pump. From her latest cookbook, Summer on a Plate. It wasn't summer on the prairie -- in fact Saturday, we had snowfall, but this salad was perfect for the casual supper that I had originally fixed it for. It kept well and was wonderful for the next day luncheon.

ORANGE RICE SALAD
adapted from Summer on a Plate by Anna Pump


2 T. olive oil
2 T. butter
2 cups finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups long grained white rice
1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
1 1/2 cups water
2 t. salt
2 t. pepper
1/2 cup roasted pine nuts
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup minced fresh chives or scallion greens

Dressing:

1/4 c. fresh orange juice
3 T. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 t. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper

In a heavy pot over low heat, melt the butter with the olive oil and saute the onions and rice for 5 minutes. Stir often, so it does not brown. Add the orange juice, water, salt and pepper. Cover and cook 15 to 17 minutes or until rice is just tender. Spoon the rice into a large bowl. Fluff it with a fork to separate the grains. Add the pine nuts, celery, and chives (or onions)

Place all the dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well to blend. Pour dressing over the rice and toss gently but thoroughly. Let stand at room temperature before serving.

NOTE: If you want to serve it hot, omit the dressing, add a handful of raisins and serve just after cooking. It's good either way.

29 comments:

Gollum said...

This is fabulous, one of those "keeper" recipes that takes you through spring, into summer. My mother is coming for a visit, and she will LOVE this. Thanks so much for this great recipe!

susan said...

I agree about the pecans--you can never go wrong with them! I think I'll be trying this!

ann said...

This looks awesome.I will definitely try this...Ann

Mary said...

This is a beautiful salad. Your substitutions were spot on.

salmagundi said...

Sounds good!! I bet it would be great on an Easter buffet with the ham. A new possibility - thanks for the inspiration. Sally

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

This is happening at our house very soon. Who could resist??? It sounds wonderful!

Acorn Cottage said...

Oh I'm going to have to try this recipe. I'm still working on trying to read Anna's cookbook and so glad I bought it. I have a recipe this kind of reminds me of with couscous and mandarin oranges. It's so refreshing and something unusual which I like!

Nancy Jane said...

Just showed this to my husband and he said, "Wow". Can you tell he's a rice lover??? This is a must try, and soon. :) Nancy

Angie said...

Oooooh, sounds so good!

santamaker said...

What a beautiful meal and I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks. Like the way you did your oranges.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is such a beautiful recipe! Not only does it sound delicious, it makes for a nice presentation. Wish I had some right now!

Happy Foodie Friday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

it looks beautiful and sounds wonderful! I will definitely use pecans also. Thanks for this recipe. laurie

ellen b. said...

Oh this does look good. I love all things rice so I'm going to have to try this one...

Foley said...

This really looks like an unusual salad that would be a great change..I think I would stick with the pecans also!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I'm always looking for more recipes on the light side and this one sounds delicious. I'll have to try it.

Happy To Be said...

Great recipe girl and like Gollum said a real keeper..thanks for sharing yet another one of your wonderful recipes...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

This is definitely a recipe that's great for spring. it's so versatile. I would imagine you could add chicken or shrimp too. I think pecans would be a nice compliment to this dish and it's usually on hand. Thank you for sharing!

My apologies...The post I had on my blog was an old Foodie post. I didn't think anyone would be visiting until tomorrow. So I thought I could wait to post the new one before I went to bed. All that to say I hope you can come by sometime to see the new one. Sorry for the mix up.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Joyce said...

Sounds refreshing. I like the taste of citrus especially in the summer. I belong to a cooking light group and our theme for May is Picnic and now I have found your recipe to make. I love to cook and bake and am always looking for recipes. Thanks for sharing.
Joyce

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

It looks and sounds delicious! I love your house on the prairie (;
Hugs~Kelly

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This looks wonderful! Thanks so much for the recipe.

bj said...

Ummm...I have to take a dish to go along with ham this Sunday and I am thinking THIS is the perfect dish. Thanks much for the recipe..

Amy said...

What a wonderful summer recipe. Thanks for sharing.

SusanQ said...

Oh, this sounds delighful! This would be wonderful for a shower also. Thank you for the recipe!

Pondside said...

I love a rice salad. This one does look picnic-perfect.

Joanne Kennedy said...

I printed this recipe out. It sounds wonderful! I've never seen anything like it. I'm going to make it next Monday to take to my Cake Club. We meet once a month and have a pot luck so I'm sure this will be a hit.

Hugs,
Joanne

Kristen said...

This looks fabulous! I love the oranges and pecans - I think this would be perfect to pack for my work lunches. Thank you for sharing!

Chandy said...

It sounds and looks wonderful! I love oranges and rice, so it's perfect!

Kathleen said...

That sounds delicious. I like the pecans, not fond of pine nuts..
I will try this..you are right, good for a picnic or summer party!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I absolutely love rice salads. Thank you for a keeper recipe - I know I'm going to love it!