This week at I Heart Cooking Clubs we're having a virtual picnic using recipes from Nigel Slater, our current featured chef. In choosing a dish to bring, portability is always something to consider, but most important of all, is flavour. I like to include a vibrant salad in a picnic meal, especially one that contains more than one food group - it cuts down on the number of dishes to make and transport.
Nigel's Wheat with Mint and Alphonso Mango, from his book Kitchen Diaries 2: a Year of Simple Suppers fit the bill. You can't go wrong with grains dressed with a citrus-y vinaigrette - a non-dairy dressing is a good choice for food safety reasons - and tossed with parsley which replaces much less hardy salad greens. I used black rice in place of the wheat, and limes instead of lemons.
This salad was a hit! Bright, refreshing, colourful and somewhat tropical in flavour with the lime dressing and sweet, juicy mango. We enjoyed the nutty flavour and chewy texture of the rice but it would be delicious with just about any grain, including the original cracked wheat/bulgur.
A variation of the recipe can be found here if you would like to try it.
Visit IHCC to see what others brought to the picnic.