Would you like to add a touch of drama to you picnic fare this summer? Here is a wholesome salad that can do the job. Not only is it beautiful and easy to prepare but its main ingredient has a long history and a reputation as forbidden.
Shopping at Costco for wholesome grains I was intrigued when I found a bag of black rice. I was drawn to it, remembering a forbidden rice salad I had purchased from the deli at Whole Foods earlier. I had wondered then where I might find the handsome nutty black rice it was made from. I could see the possibilities in the darkly intriguing color alone.
This was the first recipe I tried and it’s a winner. Simple and straightforward it works with the elegant purplish-black of the rice and adds a few splashes of flavorful color in the cranberries and green onions. Then, with reference back to the Chinese origins (where the rice earned its title of forbidden, because it was deemed too fine for anyone but the emperor), adds a modest amount of Ginger Dressing to spice things up. Nutty, tangy, chewy, and fragrant this impressive yet simple salad is sure to please.