A warm salad of red rice, zucchini and basil

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I loved this salad and I am enjoying experiments with red rice. With more of a bite than regular rice, this is my kind of food !

For this salad you will need:

200g red rice
4 zucchini chopped up
A handful of fresh basil
2 spoons olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Half an onion
1/4 of a small cabbage, finely shredded
Half a cucumber, chopped up with skin on
Juice of half a lemon
Grated rind of a lemon

Cook the rice as per instructions on the pack. Rinse it firms and cook in water with a touch of salt. I left mine soaking for an hour before I cooked it.

Fry the onion in a touch of oil. Add half the fresh basil chopped up and the cucumber. Stir in the dried basil. Toss and remove from heat. Mix the vegetables with the rice. Finally add the lemon rind and the lemon juice followed by a drizzle of olive oil. Mix in the raw shredded cabbage and toss.

Garnish with some lemon zest and some fresh basil leaves. We ate this salad warm but it is also delicious cold served the next day.

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