Recipes Rice Salad Salad Salads Eating Healthy Losing Weight

Salads are ideal for hot summer months. They are nutritious, healthy, tasty and easy to digest. More importantly, they are easy to make. Rice salad is one of the best choices you can make. While there are many variations, the following recipe is one of the best to follow. 

Recipes: Rice salad

Ingredients (Serves 6 people)

2 cups of cooked rice

1 package of frozen peas cooked and drained

2 medium chopped carrots

1 cup of cooked, diced ham

1 celery rib,thinly sliced

5 green onions, chopped

3 hard-boiled, chopped eggs

1/2 cup of chopped parsley

1/3 cup of sweet pickle relish

2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese 

1 tablespoon of  virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon of salt

1 tablespoon of white pepper

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine the rice, the peas, the carrots, the ham, the celery rib, the onions, the eggs, the parsley, the sweet pickle relish and the Cheddar cheese. Stir well for about 1 minute. Add the virgin olive oil, the salt and the pepper.  Chill thoroughly. Serve immediately or else keep the salad in the refrigerator. 

Notes

If you choose to keep the rice salad in the refrigerator, it is important not to keep it for more than 2 hours. Instead of olive oil, you can use vegetable oil. Instead of Cheddar cheese, you can use cottage cheese or even mozzarella. If you don’t like sweet pickle relish, you can use a little ketchup. As this salad contains so many ingredients and is so colorful, garnish is not really needed, but if you insist, you can use a few lettuce leaves for garnish and spray them with two tablespoons of mayonnaise.  If you are on a diet, it is best not to add ham, use light mayonnaise and only 1 cup of cheese, preferably Cottage cheese. If you can find fresh vegetables, you should use them instead of frozen ones. This delicious rice salad is ideal both for lunch and for dinner and if you want to break the monotony, you can skip some  of the ingredients, or replace them with other ingredients that are more easily available to you.

Eating healthy is a big part of losing weight. Salads prove that it is possible to eat healthy, and enjoy your food at the same time. The above rice salad is a recipe that can satisfy even those who usually don’t even eat salads. 

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