Green Rice Salad. A great dish for a ladies lunch.
This past Wednesday I hosted “Puppy Play”.
My friends Cauleen and Linda along with Sassy and Martini were invited for lunch . You see, Sassy and Martini are dogs little people, and they are invited over to play with my dogs little people. The dogs little people only play for about 2 minutes and then lay or mill around for the rest of the party and us big people spend a few hours of girl time to catch up. Plus they’re not puppies any more, the youngest is 3 years old. We still refer to these gathering as “puppy play” because that’s how we all met. A local boutique pet shop offered Puppy Play on Saturday mornings to help us socialize our small breed puppies. They also wanted to sell us upscale doggie designer clothing, gourmet treats, jewel studded leashes, beds better than what we sleep in, you get the picture. Then the pet store suddenly announced that there would be no more Saturday Puppy Play. Horrified, we started our own gatherings…it ended up just the three of us and our dogs. We call it Puppy Play.
And then there’s the food:
Linda brought a rice salad. You’ll find the recipe below.
Tomato plants from my garden continue to produce delicious fruit, so I prepared Julie and Julia Bruchetta. Thick slice some rustic bread, fry in a small amount of olive oil until each side is toasted. Scrape a peeled garlic clove across each side and top with a chopped tomato, basil and olive oil mixture. Let the tomatoes, basil and oil blend flavors in a bowl for about 30 minutes before toasting bread and serving. Salt right before serving. If you salt too soon, too much juice will ooze out of the tomatoes. Top with grated Parmesan and serve. Really, there is some bread underneath all those tomatoes. Fresh and delicious. It’s called Julie and Julia Bruschetta because Julie made this at the beginning of the movie – it stole the scene.
Linda also brought this delicious cheese and cracker bowl. Linda said the cheese is sheep milk’s cheese and crackers are gluten free. She purchased the cheese at the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market.
And Cauleen brought a fruit cup from Tony’s Market. It’s probably called a fruit tart? Just look at that beautiful fruit placed on top of a layer of custard and a thin layer of chocolate in that perfect little pastry shell.
I won’t post the Lettuce Wrap recipe because I’ve already done that earlier this summer but I do want to share Linda’s salad recipe. I thought it was a perfect summer salad. Light, flavorful and very healthy. You see, it’s gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Linda’s Green Rice Salad Recipe
- 1/4 cup dill weed
- 1 cup (packed) parsley
- 2 TBLS. chopped green onion
- 1 cup cooked brown rice — chilled
- 1 TBLS. olive oil
- 1 TBLS. fresh lemon juice
- grape tomatoes, chopped — ( Linda added these for color)
Run greens through food processor or mince finely. Mix with rice.
Pour olive oil and lemon juice over mixture and stir. Add salt and pepper. Serves 4. Everything came from Linda’s garden. Well, except for the rice, oil and lemon juice. I don’t think she has a rice paddy in her back yard.
Green Rice Salad…It’s What’s For a Ladies Lunch