Red Jasmine Rice Salad w/smokie southwestern dressing

I love to try new thing, so last night I picked up some red jasmine rice and cooked it, not really knowing what I would do with it, so this morning I came up with this. It’s a pretty simple salad to make but very pleasing to the eye and satisfying if you want a quick something to eat for lunch. I will have this for lunch with a side of baba ghanoush which I made last night. Hope you like it.

1c. red jasmine rice (got it at the bulk bin at my local whole foods)

salad ingredients

salad ingredients

2 1/2 c. water

1 tsp sea salt

cook the rice until the water is absorbed about 30min. then let it rest and cool completely (you can do this the night before)

once the rice is cooled transfer to a salad bowl and start adding to it the following  ingredients:

1/2 of a red bell pepper chopped

2 slices of jicima chopped

1 c. frozen roasted corn kernels (rinse it under very hot water to thaw it out a bit)

bunch cilantro chopped

2 green onions chopped

*note: I used the Vidalia chopper small grid to get uniform cubes. It’s fast and looks pretty especially if you are making this for company. You can get it at bed, bad and beyond with a 20% coupon for about $15.

Once you finish chopping and adding the ingredients to your rice, then mix the dressing with the following ingredients:


1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

dressing ingredients

dressing ingredients

juice of one lemon

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp applewood smoked sea salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. cumin

salt and pepper to taste


once you have mixed the dressing, toss it into the salad and let it marinade for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

before mixing

before mixing

Finished product

Finished product


My Dragon Fruit Experience

So today to my great excitement I saw this beautiful fruit in the market and of course I had to not only buy it, but discover all I could about it.

Below is my experience with the fruit, some pictures and some facts about the Dragon Fruit (I believe it gets it’s name because it looks like the head of a dragon)

The peel came off pretty easily once you cut into it. the flesh is mostly water, sort of like a watermelon but a little more dense.  It has small sesame size back seeds that are easy to chew and don’t interfere with eating the fruit. It has a mild sweet flavor and very refreshing to eat. It’s definitely one of my new favorites. I’m going back tomorrow to get some more while they have it.  I bought then for 2.99 a lb. for 2 fruits I payed a little bit over 7 dollars, not bad for an exotic fruit like this.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

The Flesh of the Dragon Fruit

The Flesh of the Dragon Fruit

Peeled Dragon Fruit

Peeled Dragon Fruit

You can see the peel in the background, it just came off very easily.


Dragon Fruit Nutrition Information

  • Dragon fruits are rich in antioxidants. They help to prevent the formation of carcinogenic free-radicals.
  • Dragon fruits are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C ensures bruises and cuts heal faster and helps improve the general immune system.
  • Vitamin B2 acts as a multi vitamin to recover and improve loss of appetite.
  • Vitamin B1 plays an important role in the production of energy as well as metabolizing carbohydrates.
  • Vitamin B3 lowers bad cholesterol level and enhances the appearance of the skin by moisturizing and smoothing it.
  • The seeds of the fruit contain high polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • Dragon fruits help excrete heavy metal toxins from the body.
  • They help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  • Regular consumption of the dragon fruit works great for asthma and cough.
  • Carotene helps maintain and equally improve the health of the eyes.
  • The proteins from the fruit enhance metabolism of the body.
  • The fruit serves as a food substitute for rice, for the diabetics. Read more on fruits for diabetes.
  • They protect the environment by absorbing CO2 at night and releasing oxygen to purify the air.
  • Dragon fruit can be used as cosmetic and health material, with functions of improving eyesight and preventing hypertension.
  • It is good material of beverage, delicious vegetable dishes, having high nutrition, low heat, rich vitamin C, may be processed to be all kind of drinks
  • Dragon fruit can be cultivated easily. It has strong root and is good at water conserving, heat and drought resisting. So planting dragon fruit is low cost.
  • Dragon fruits are rich in minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. Calcium reinforces bones and helps in the formation of healthy teeth. Phosphorus aids in tissue formation.
  • The fruits are low in calories and high in fiber. They help to avoid constipation by acting as natural laxative. They help to improve the overall digestive health. The fiber enhances the digestion and reduces the fat.

Dragon Fruit Nutrition Facts

The typical nutritional value per 100 g of dragon fruit is as follows:

  • Fiber 0.9 g
  • Calcium 8.8 g
  • Fat 0.61 g
  • Carotene 0.012 g
  • Niacin 0.430 mg
  • Phosphorus 36.1 mg
  • Ascorbic Acid 9.0 mg
  • Protein 0.229 g
  • Water 83.0 g
  • Ashes 0.68 g
  • Iron 0.65 mg
  • Riboflavin 0.045 mg

Consumption of 1.5 oz of a dried dragon fruit, equates to almost eating a full pound of the fresh dragon fruit. It is beneficial as all the necessary and important dietary fiber, micro nutrients and vitamin C are still in abundance in a dried dragon fruit. This was all about the dragon fruit nutritional value. Here follows the information about dragon fruit calories.

Dragon Fruit Calories

As seen above dragon fruit is low in calories. 100.0 gm of 1 tropical dragon fruit contains about 60 calories. So it can be included in weight loss diets.

I hope the above information about dragon fruit nutrition facts helps you to make way for the new, aptly-named super fruit, the dragon fruit! Dragon fruit is the latest entrant to the world of super fruits.

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Olive Curing Update

YAY! It’s time! The olives are ready to be brined. I tasted a bit and the bitterness seems to be gone.

All in all, it seems they only took 2 weeks of soaking in water to get rid of the bitterness, not too bad.

So after reading several ways to brine olives, I decided to just come up with my own combination.

I covered the olives in filtered water, then added

2 Tbs. of real salt,

half of a lemon chopped into cubes,

several bay leaves,

about 4 cloves of garlic cut in half

a dash of organic red wine vinigar

and covered the top with some extra virgin olive oil.

it’s supposed to sit like this for about 2 weeks.

will report back!

Here’s a picture for all you visual types 🙂

Brined Olives

Brined Olives