Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Brown Rice Salad with Lemon-Pepper Roasted Sweet and Spring Onions

Brown Rice Salad with Lemon-Pepper Roasted 
Sweet and Spring Onions.

Fair warning, if you are among the allium-averse I advise steering clear of this particular recipe. This is a long distance dedication going out to all the other onion lovers out there, you know who you are.
Come spring, I can't get enough of 'em and if you're anything like me,
this recipe'll do you proud.
Spring and sweet onions, tossed in a lemon-pepper dressing, roasted to beautifully soft perfection, tossed with brown rice and topped with,
you guessed it, more spring onions.
Alliumania. Get on board.

Brown Rice Salad with Lemon-Pepper Roasted 
Sweet and Spring Onions
(serves 4, as a side)

1 cup dry short grain brown rice
1 medium sweet onion, sliced into thin shoestrings
1 bunch spring onions (about 4-6) sliced into thin rings

2Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3Tbsp nutritional yeast
1tsp finely ground sea salt
2tsp ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine rice, two cups of water and a pinch of salt in a medium sauce pan
and bring to a boil.
Stir, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 50 minutes.

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, sea salt and pepper.
Combine sweet onions, 3/4 of the spring onions and half of the dressing.
Toss to coat.
Spread in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for
12-15 minutes, until the onion edges begin to brown.

Once rice has finished cooking, fluff with a fork and allow to cool slightly.
Combine cooked rice, roasted onions and the remainder of the dressing.
Toss until mixed.
Add remainder of spring onions and extra ground pepper to taste.
Serve warm or chilled.

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