I read an interview with Claire Robinson on My Wooden Spoon this morning. I was not aware of her or her show, but I like the idea of easy, flavorful recipes, so I'm going to have to check her out. What caught my eye was her approach to recipes:
She says you should read the recipe, put it away, and do your own thing. Don’t be afraid to swap an ingredient out or add more or less.Yep! That's pretty much my approach to any recipe. I use them for ideas, and then proceed to throw in the ingredients I have. It's more fun that way! The only problem is that, when I come up with something we especially like, I usually can't repeat it.
All that to say that I found this recipe on Oprah.com for Brown Rice Salad with Salmon (by searching for 'salmon rice salad' - imagine that!) The recipe already has a lot of leeway built into it - but I thought I better jot down what I used this time - just in case it's the perfect combination.
I'm already noticing that the original recipe called for some cooked vegetables, where I used green pepper and celery, but the rice was hot when I mixed everything, so I'm going to figure that's OK. Besides, they'll add a little crunch. I'm thinking some chow mein noodles on top will be good, too.
Potluck tomorrow. We'll see what everyone thinks. It certainly smelled good when I mixed it up.
Update: Definitely the perfect combination! This salad has become a favorite around here. It's great for not only a potluck, but as a cool summer meal. It's great with chow mein noodles, on a bed of greens, or just by itself.