I’ve become a bit bored with soup and salad lunches and in my search for an alternative I found Sweet & Sour Brown Rice Salad with Fresh Herbs in Isa Does It. OK fine, technically it is called a “salad” and it lives in the Salad chapter of the cookbook, but I prefer to think of it as a fried rice. Since it is technically a salad, you can make the rice ahead of time (or use leftover brown rice) and simply add in the remaining ingredients for a quick meal.
The dish calls for bean sprouts, scallions, roasted peanuts, mint and cilantro with some beans and a chili lime dressing. I added some baby corn to mine and used a Thai chili garlic sauce that is fairly spicy, in place of the sweet chili sauce the recipe suggested (recipes are really just suggestions after all, right?); I served with steamed broccoli.
This made for a satisfying lunch and was a nice change of pace from my usual of late. The dish could be eaten warm or cold, but I preferred it warm. The dressing of chili sauce, lime, miso and ginger adds a lot of dimension to the dish while crushed peanuts add texture and makes this reminiscent of a pad Thai flavor profile.
I foresee more rice dishes in my future lunches! Perhaps I’ll give Isa’s Brussels Sprout Fried Rice a try soon…
Isa Does It Recipes: 15