How to Make Red Rice Salad

Rice is the most popular grain consumed in the world. In parts of the Far East, it’s the main item on the menu. Harvested on small family farms, in most of Asia, the Oriental diet is built around rice. There are mainly two types of rice. White rice and red rice. Both have similar Glycemic Index values. The Glycemic Index of red rice is about 55 with the Glycemic index of white rice coming in at 58. Not much difference in the GI, but a gross difference in nutritional value.

It is by far a better choice for overall nutrition. Left mostly in tack, save the outside husks, brown rice packs a considerable amount of fiber and vitamins minerals that are striped away when making white rice. Trapped inside the fiber resides the bran oil, which has been shown to help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and protect against heart disease. When compare to all other rice, red rice shines as the premier rice for overall eat and well-being.

Because red rice is digested slowly, the blood sugar response is a lot slower. This keeps the glycemic index of brown sugar in the small range. Red rice can be soaked for 20 hours in warm water before cooking to soften up the outer covering if a smoother texture is desired.

In addition to being a heart protector, it fills you up fast and adds flavor and texture to a dish. The innate characteristics of red rice are that by filling you up quickly which automatically reduces your caloric intake helping you to lose weight while satisfying your appetite

Red Rice Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups red rice, soaked overnight

4 carrots, diced

3 stalks of celery, diced

¼ cup currants

¼ cup raw sliced almonds

¼ cup raw sunflower seeds

4 green onions, chopped

Dressing:

1 cup veganaise or light mayonnaise

3 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1.Mix all ingredients together and add dressing.

2. Refrigerate and allow to chill.

3. Ready to serve.

When preparing this recipe you can adjust the spices to your palette. You can add other fresh vegetable such as broccoli, cauliflower, etc…