Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Veggie Wednesday: Mandarin Orange and Cucumber Rice Salad with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette

Rice Salad
This is a dual-purpose recipe; it works perfectly for Veggie Wednesday and is my submission to the Royal Foodie Joust for this month. The ingredients this month were Satsuma (or any other orange citrus) - zest, fruit or juice, shallots and Edible Flowers. I couldn't find anything fresh (don't ever eat edible varieties if they are bought at the florist - check HERE for more tips) and there weren't any dried varieties I wanted to use, so I broke out one of my flower waters - orange blossom this time - and invented this rice salad.

It's very bright and fresh tasting - just like Spring!

Mandarin Orange and Cucumber Rice Salad with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette
Serves 6
Printable Recipe


1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons orange blossom water
1 Tablespoon pomegranate vinegar (or other fruited vinegar)
1/2 cup liquid from canned mandarin oranges
1 shallot - minced
1/2 teaspoon salt


2 cups water
1 cup rice
1 shallot - diced finely
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced - about 1 cup
1 small can (11 ounces) mandarin orange segments

Combine vinaigrette ingredients, stir well and let stand in the refrigerator for one hour to blend flavors.

Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat and add oil. Stir in shallot and rice. Stir well so that rice is well coated with oil. Add water, bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover tightly and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat and cool completely. It's important to have the rice cool before adding the vinaigrette so that the rice will not absorb it all.

Toss orange segments and cucumber with vinaigrette and let stand - refrigerated - until rice is cool. When rice is fully cooled, combine with vinaigrette mixture and serve immediately.


Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Beautiful entry to both events! Good luck in the Joust!

Ben said...

It was a tough Joust, but you did an excellent job :)

kat said...

What a great entry. I can imagine that being a perfect summer salad too.

sj said...

sounds amazing! good luck!

Anonymous said...

good recipe .

Anonymous said...

Mmmm, nice combination here, looks tasty! I heard about quinoa yesterday (over at and am looking to try it out...I wonder if substituting quinoa for the rice here would make for a good mixture.

Anne Coleman said...

Thank you, everyone! Scotty - I would do it. Quinoa can taste very different, but I think it would be worth it to try it out.

Melissa said...

That does look bright and fresh and it is seriously creative for an entry. Great job Anne.

Sara said...

Good luck! This looks very light and refreshing.

Thistlemoon said...

What a gorgeous plate! The colors just really pop! It looks very much like a depiction of spring!

Anonymous said...

I love it :) Thanks!