Christmas in New Zealand Calls for Salad
In New Zealand Christmas is about… wait for it… Christmas is about sunshine, barbecues and back yard cricket. Well most of us hope it will be. The weather in December although theoretically summer can be a bit hit and miss. But I can assure you Christmas in Kiwiana land is not about snow, egg nog and mulled wine. Well, not for most of us anyway. Christmas lunch for many of us is a BBQ with accompanying salads.
Inspiration for my Christmas Rice Salad
Many of us end up on salad duty for the shared Christmas lunch. So I have set about creating a kid friendly Christmas Rice Salad recipe. I was inspired by a few things in regards to this recipe. First off was Christmas Colours, Self explanatory really. Red, Green and White. I went for things that are in season in NZ at the moment. My greens are courgette (some may call it zucchini but in NZ most of us would go with courgette, and baby spinach leaves. My red is Capsicum, and because we get a bit fancy at Christmas Pomegranate as well. And white, well white is 2 pantry staples, rice and mayonnaise.
Recently I was lucky enough to try out Bargain Box NZ and meal subscription service. It was fabulous. One of the recipes that went down incredibly well was a chopped style rice salad. It was quite different to the usual rice salad I make. My kids loved it. So I stuck with this style of salad for my Christmas Rice Salad recipe as why change something that is already a winner with the kids!
To easily add a little bit of Christmas flavour without any trickiness, I opted for a good dollop of Spiced Fruit Chutney. Absolutely any brand will do, they all have that same Christmasy essence.
This month I have also been lucky enough to try out a Haakaa Wooden Mushroom Bowl such a cute bowl. It is practical too though. Being made of wood it is unbreakable, which is always a plus if your little ones are throwers like mine! It has a strong suction base, which also cunningly hampers the throwers in the family, and it is so gosh darn cute. I am pretty sure I could serve anything in this bowl and the kidlets would think it was awesome.
Christmas Rice Salad
Yield 8 people
- 1 Cup long grain white rice
- 3 Courgette
- 1 Red Capsicum
- 3 Cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 Pomegranate
- 1/4 Cup mayonnaise
- 1 TBSP spiced fruit chutney
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Put a large pot of salted water onto boil
- Once boiling add your long grain rice, rapid boil for 10-15 mins until tender
- Drain and rinse with cold water to bring down the temperature quickly. (If you are not preparing the salad straight away, refrigerate
- Grate courgette
- Finely slice red capsicum
- Finely slice baby spinach leaves
- Remove seeds from the pomegranate
- Mix Mayonnaise, Chutney and Lemon Juice together
- In a large bowl mix this with the cooled rice.
- Season the rice with salt and pepper to taste
- Add all of the prepared vegetables and 3/4 of the pomegranate seeds to the rice and mix
- Spoon onto a serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining pomegranate seeds.
This salad is mildly flavoured. If you want a stronger flavour in the dressing double the spiced fruit chutney. I tend to use as little as possible to keep the sugar content lower, but it is delicious with more.
Adding 1/2 a well mashed avocado to the dressing mix is also delicious, however the salad looses the Christmas feel as it is no longer white green and red, the rice ends up a little green
This salad works really well with 1/2 Courgette and 1/2 Carrot however the orange means it looks a little less christmassy.
Now lets get back to how cute those Haakaa Wooden Mushroom Bowls are. They come in Red, Green and blue and work brilliantly with the Haakaa Bamboo Cutlery Set. A huge thank you to Haakaa for providing the giveaway. I am always so grateful when I can pass on great products to my readers.