This recipe serves 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
1/2 cup short-grain brown rice
1 medium zucchini
2 stalks celery
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2 bunch arugula
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon coarse-grained mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Fill a 2-quart saucepan with 6 cups of salted water and bring to a boil. Add the rice and boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about
25 minutes. Drain the rice in a colander and rinse under cold running water until cool. Drain rice well.
2. While the rice is cooking, cut the zucchini, celery, carrot and bell pepper into 1/4" dice. Remove the tough stems from the arugula and chop the leaves. Chop the scallions.
3. Prepare an ice bath and bring another pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the zucchini,celery, carrot and bell pepper for 1 minute. Drain in a colanderand plunge into the ice bath. Drain the vegetables.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, stock, mustard, oil, salt and pepper. Add the rice, blanched vegetables, arugula and scallions and toss well to combine. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste and serve at room temperature.
Cook’s note: You may add cooked shrimp or chicken to this salad and you have a complete meal.