Tomato & Rice Salad ♥

Tomato & Rice Salad, another easy-easy summer salad ♥ A Veggie Venture
Leftover rice + some good tomatoes + 10 minutes = a refreshing summer salad, one that's become a summer staple here. So good! PS For anyone else who needs a rice fix every so often, this is a great way to keep the carbs in control.

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The Evolution of a Flexible Recipe

WAY BACK ON DAY 168 IN 2005 Maybe it was the picked-yesterday tomatoes? Or the moist and nutty oven-baked brown rice leftover from the other night? Either way, this tomato-rice combination really works. But you needn't wait for leftover rice – unless there's a cardboard Chinese take-out box in the fridge – or are watching carbs because it's also really good without the rice, just tomatoes. And it makes up in 10 minutes flat. This is great summer eating!

WAY BACK IN 2007 FOR A PHOTO UPDATE Just as good as remembered, this time with a mix of cooked brown and wild rice, an heirloom tomato, no olive oil (!) and Splenda as a sugar substitute. Very good!

AND AGAIN FOR ANOTHER PHOTO UPDATE Totally good! This time I used cooked white rice leftover from Stir-Fried Shrimp with Asparagus or Other Summer Vegetables to build an easy supper bowl with shaved cabbage drizzled with a little My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing, topped with Tomato & Rice Salad and a piece of broiled fish. Sooo good! This time I'm committing the recipe to a 3x5 card, the recipes I make over and over again and want regular reminders for!

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Tomato & Rice Salad, another easy-easy summer salad ♥ A Veggie Venture


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes (though a few minutes for the rice to soak up the tomato juice don't hurt)
Makes 4 cups

1 pound perfectly ripe, juicy tomatoes
2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar or rice vinegar or another gentle clear-colored vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil, optional
2 teaspoons sugar (don't skip)
2 cups cooked rice
Fresh basil, cut in ribbons
Salt & pepper to taste

In a bowl, stir together the tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil and sugar. Gently stir in the rice, breaking apart any clumps of rice. Stir in the rice and basil. Taste and season with salt and pepper. The short version? Mix and serve. That's it!

MAKE-AHEAD This is a great last-minute summer salad but a few minutes to let the rice soak up the tomato juice and the tomatoes soak up a bit of vinegar is good.

VARIATIONS Tomatoes and basil are a summer classic but cilantro and fresh dill would be delicious too.

TOMATOES Ripe, juicy tomatoes are super-important here, for example, ripe but meaty Roma tomatoes aren't a good choice.
SUPPER SALAD This is a lovely stand-alone salad but I also often use simple salads like this as "meal prep" – one component in a healthy, supper bowl with lots of vegetables, a few carbs and protein.

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  1. to make this dish quickly I used Uncle Bens wild and brown ready rice. I also added pitted Kalamata olives, I loved them my husband said they were overpowering

  2. I made this last week and it was DIVINE! My husband and I gobbled up the whole recipe in two days; will be making it again just as soon as I get more tomatoes. I just love your website, and the weekly recipes you send out even if I don't try them all.

    1. Michelle ~ “Divine” is good! Thanks so much for letting me know and most especially for the very kinds words, your support means the world.


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