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Categories: Salads, Vegetarian

Rice salad primavera

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Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Serves 8
Note: This recipe is pretty flexible. If you want to use pea shoots, for instance, but leave out the fresh peas, that's fine; leeks may be substituted for ramps. May be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator. Return to room temperature before serving.
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or Champagne vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon, divided, best quality olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1 pound thin asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh shelled or frozen English peas
  • 4 ramps, washed, trimmed and chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1/4 pound morels, washed, dried and halved or quartered lengthwise, depending on the size (optional)
  • 5 cups cooked basmati or jasmine rice
  • 1 cup pea shoots (about 1/4 pound), broken into 1 1/2 -inch pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Step 1For the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard and one-fourth teaspoon salt and one-eighth teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Add one-half cup olive oil in a slow stream, whisking continuously, until the dressing is emulsified. Add the dill.

Step 2Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Blanch the asparagus spears 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the thickness. Remove with a slotted spoon; cool under running water. Drain. Cut the tips off the asparagus and cut the stalks into rounds about one-fourth-inch thick. Set aside.

Step 3Drop the peas into the boiling water and blanch 2 to 3 minutes, until just tender. Drain.

Step 4Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Add the ramps, saute for about a minute, then add the morels, one-fourth teaspoon salt and one-eighth teaspoon pepper to taste, and cook till tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 5In a large bowl, combine the rice with the peas, asparagus, ramps, morels and pea shoots. Toss with the dressing; you may have some left over. Adjust seasoning. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

Each serving:
313 calories; 6 grams protein; 38 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 16 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 81 mg. sodium.
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