-Originasl Post: August 4, 2017-
Hot days and cool sides. Cold salads are a staple on every picnic table all summer long. In a season saturated with potatoes and macaroni, serve something unexpected! Mojito Rice Salad captures the perfect summer flavours combining fragrant jasmine rice with coconut, lime, and mint; and just like the cocktail it's equally as refreshing. It's so delicious you may save a little bit for dessert!
Mojito Rice Salad pairs exceptionally well with spicy main dishes, sweet-dry white wines, dry-hopped IPAs, gin cocktails, and of course the cocktail bearing its namesake.
This recipe is easy to prepare ahead of time, and scale up into a bigger batch for larger groups.
(Or just to hoard some for yourself for when the guests are gone and you're rooting through the fridge for that thing you are going to eat straight out of the bowl.)
Mojito Rice Salad
Jasmine rice, package instructions for 4 servings.
1 and 1/2 fresh limes
3 TBSP agave syrup, or 3 packets stevia, or stevia drops (manufacturer's vary in strength- know your product. I don't advise testing 20,00000 drops in a new recipe!)
1/2 c fresh mint, chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt - add more if you prefer.
Basic juicer (also called a "reamer").
Prepare jasmine rice as per package instructions yielding 4 servings. -Replace water from package instructions with coconut milk beverage, such as Coconut Dream, or you can use 1/2 water and 1/2 canned coconut milk.
Once complete package instructions, let cool completely.
In a large bowl measure out "4 servings" of rice. I found that the package directions produced double the amount I actually needed. I used 354g (12oz) of cooked jasmine rice.
In a small bowl combine juice of 1 and 1/2 limes, your choice of agave syrup or sweetener, and sea salt.
Add liquid mixture to the rice and combine.
Gently stir in fresh chopped mint.
Serve well chilled.
Store refrigerated in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
Per 3oz serving:
Calories: 156 - Carbohydrates: 41g - Protein: 2.7g - Fat:1.7g - Fibre: 1g
*If using stevia instead of agave syrup:
Calories: 146 - Carbohydrates: 29g - Protein: 2.7g - Fat:1.7g - Fibre: 1g