Best Summer Potluck Dish Ever!

My mom recently brought this amazing rice salad thing to a BBQ at my sister’s. I then recreated it for a BBQ the following weekend. At both events, this mess was a success! This is her adaptation of a recipe she found in The Junior League Celebration Cookbook.

Dill Rice Salad

You will need 3 cups of cooked rice. I recommend cooking it in chicken broth instead of water to add more flavor.  Let the rice cool to room temperature (I put it in a big bowl and tossed it around every so often so it cooled faster.)

Once the rice is cool, toss really well with:

  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup pine nuts, toasted*
  • 1 Tbs. dried dill (or more…make sure to crush this in your palms to reawaken the flavor)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. asparagus (snap the hard part off the end, cut into 1″ pieces, cook in simmering water for 3 minutes. Then drain off the hot water and put the asparagus in really cold, icy water to stop the cooking.  When cool, drain and then put the asparagus on some paper towels to soak up the water so it gets good and dry.)

At this point put the rice mixture in the refrigerator.  Right before serving pour on the dressing and mix well:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/ tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. fresh orange juice

Put it all in a jar and shake really well.

You can make a meal out of this by adding cooked, cold chicken or cooked, cold shrimp.

* My mom suggests toasting the pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat.  Shake/stir/flip them around often once you start to smell them toasting.  DO NOT LEAVE THE ROOM.  These little boogers can burn real fast.  Also, when you remove them from the heat, leave them in the skillet until they cool.  They will keep toasting a little bit more so don’t overdo it before you turn off the heat.

I used black rice for my version and the contrast between the dark rice and the green and white of the other ingredients was beautiful. I should have taken a picture…

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