Because its such a hearty rice, ruby-red jasmine stands up well to strong flavors, and it works well as the base of this salad. Cooking it with star anise, ginger, and garlic gives the rice such a punch that it almost smells meaty when its cooking. I could barely stand the wait until the rice cooker beeped
And then you have to cool it. Well, I did anyway. I think this salad is best served cold.
You could mix any play of flavors in here you want. Try asparagus, I love shaving the stalks and plunging the green curlicues into the rice. Goat cheese camembert is its own delicacy.
But do what you want with this salad. You cant go wrong. And its so darned healthy that you could almost call it a Birkenstock salad. (But I dont recommend putting your shoes in it.)
1 star anise
nub of ginger, peeled
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon butter (or non-dairy substitute)
pinch of pepper and kosher salt
1 cup ruby-red jasmine rice
2 cups of water
1. Put the star anise, ginger, garlic cloves, butter, pepper and salt in your rice cooker (or pan). Add the rice, and then the water. Stir once, then set the cooker on high to do its magic.
2. When the rice has finished cooking, deeply fragrant and enticing, spread it out on a large plate. Pick out the nubs of ginger and garlic, and the star anise. Put the rice in the refrigerator to cool down.
3. After the rice has sufficiently cooled, toss it with your favorite vinaigrette (we like champagne vinaigrette in particular). And then top with the following:
pieces of avocado
goat cheese camembert
chive blossoms and stalks
fresh cilantro, chopped
shaved asparagus stalks
Or, whatever feels right to you. (Id dig some sunflower seeds here too.)
Enjoy, and know that you are feeding your body. Oh, and this tastes good too.
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