Red Rice Salad

Ingredients:  1 and a half beetroot, 1-2 carrots, 2 runner beans, 1 spring onion, handful of rocket, small bunch of curly parsley and flat parsley and 1-2 shallots depending on size.

Larder: 200g red rice or mixture of puy lentils and red rice, 1 tsp honey, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, juice of ½ a lemon,

(optional extras: 50g feta, grilled fish or chicken, stock cube).

 Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  • Cook the rice with 600ml of water or stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for approx 30 mins.
  • Make the dressing. Combine oil, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, a pinch of salt and finely minced shallots in the salad bowl, whisk to combine, adjust proportions to taste.
  • Finely slice the spring onion and chop both kinds of parsley. Add to salad bowl and mix.
  • Peel and grate the beetroot and carrot. Add to the salad bowl.
  • Slice runner beans on the diagonal into 2cm pieces and when rice nearly ready, add them to the rice for the last 3 or so minutes of cooking. When rice cooked, drain any remaining water.
  • Add to the salad bowl. Mix in the rocket and if using, crumble in the feta.
  • Serve with optional grilled chicken or fish.