Italienne Rice Salad
The early salads were mainly composed of leafy vegetables and herbs. During the experimental seventeenth century, chicken and seafood were introduced and fruit was quite common by the end of the eighteenth century. Today, we have a wealth of ingredients to choose from and a roster of salads both appetizing and alluring. Yet the prime favorite still remains the simple green salad, coolly glistening with honest oil and excellent vinegar. But today I want to hare with you a couple of salads that are current chef's and home cooks are making today.
The first salad we are going to make I a italienne rice salad that is loaded and packed with great flavors.
Italienne Rice Salad
3 cups of cooked rice
3 pimientos, cut in strips
1 green pepper, cut in strips
12 green onions, finely chopped, or 2/3 cup of chopped red Italian onions
1 1/2 cups of chicken or turkey breast, cut in julienne strips
18 large stuffed olives, sliced
18 large black olives, sliced
18 anchovy fillets, coarsely cut ( optional )
1 teaspoon dried or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
garlic-flavored French dressing
chopped tomatoes, chopped hard-cooked eggs, capers( optional )
Salt and Peppers to taste
Combine first 9 ingredients and toss with French dressing. Garnish with the chopped tomatoes, chopped eggs. Sprinkle with capers, Salt and Pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy.
The second salad recipe is a great tasting Tabbouleh Salad.
1 cup of fine Bulgar (cracked wheat)
1 pound of tomatoes, chopped
2 cups of chopped green onions
3 cups chopped parsley
1/4 cup of fresh mint
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Wash the wheat. cover with hot water and let stand 30 minutes. Drain, the squeeze dry.
Chop together the tomatoes, green onions, parsley and mint. Beat in the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix in the wheat until well blended. Serve in lettuce cups. Serves and enjoy.
Again salads were mainly leafy vegetables and herbs but now they come in a wide range of ingredients that I'm sure you and your family will love.......Happy eating.