Step 1Combine 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the rice. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Drain well and cool.
Step 2Transfer the rice to a large bowl. Mix in the figs, pecans, cashews, green onion tops, celery and red onion.
Step 3Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard and sugar in a blender. With the blender running, gradually mix in the vegetable and olive oils. Pour the dressing over the rice mixture and toss. Season salad with salt and pepper to taste.