Ham & rice salad

    50 minutes

    The secret of a flavoursome rice salad is to dress the rice with a good vinaigrette while it is still warm so that it absorbs the flavours, then add the mayonnaise last, for a creamy texture.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 4 cups water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups long-grain rice
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
    • 400 g ham steaks, cut into bite-size cubes
    • 6 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal
    • 6 medium radishes, cleaned and finely sliced
    • 3 sticks celery, finely sliced on the diagonal
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, homemade or good-quality bought
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Bring the water and salt to the boil in a medium, heavy-based saucepan. Stir in the rice. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is just tender. Remove from the heat. Gently fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains. Cover with the lid again and stand for 10 minutes, or until the rice is lukewarm.
    2. Whisk the olive oil in a bowl with the red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper until well combined. Pour the dressing over the warm rice and stir gently with a fork. Set the rice aside to cool completely.
    3. Bring a small saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the peas and cook until they are bright green and tender. Drain the peas and refresh them under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels.
    4. Spoon the rice into a serving bowl. Add the peas, ham, spring onion, radish, celery, mint and parsley and mix until the vegetables are evenly distributed. Fold in the mayonnaise and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the chives just before serving.

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    This is one of the easiest and by far the best rice salad recipe I've made. I've made it as per the recipe and it was yum. I've also changed some ingredients and it was still yum. This ones a keeper  -  12 Jan 2017