Marybeth Podmaska, who I mention in the introduction of this book, hosts friends and family with grace and warmth. She shared this recipe with me. Great to serve something different from your traditional side dish of potato or pasta salad.


Yield: 8 servings



  • 1 1/2 C. (450 g) rice cooked in 3 C. (375 ml) salted water for 20 minutes
  • 1/3 C. (80 ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 C. (65 ml) red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1/2 C. (125 g) sugar
  • 2 C. fresh spinach leaves or arugula, torn into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 C. celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 C. sliced green onions or minced red onion
  • 3/4 C. (25 g) crisp crumbled bacon



1. Transfer cooked rice to serving bowl. Cool slightly.
2. Combine oil, vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar. Stir into warm rice. Cover and chill.
3. Fold in remaining ingredients before serving.


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