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"Sicilian" Rice Salad

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All right, we confess, this recipe isn't really from Sicily--we just invented it ourselves. But there's no denying the southern Italian heritage of the ingredients, and, like much of the region's cooking, our "Sicilian" salad is bold in flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup drained and chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion (about 1/2 small onion)
  • 1 6- ounces can tuna, drained
  • 1 2- ounces tin anchovy fillets, drained and minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red- or white-wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup thin-sliced basil or mint leaves

How to Make It

  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly. Put the rice in a large glass or stainless-steel bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small frying pan, toast the pine nuts over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Or toast the pine nuts in a 350° oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Stir the toasted pine nuts, the sun-dried tomatoes, capers, onion, tuna, and anchovies into the rice. Toss the rice salad with the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil.

  4. Variations:: · If you'd like more anchovy flavor, use some of the oil from the anchovy tin in place of some of the olive oil.: · Add a handful of chopped pitted green or black olives.

  5. Wine Recommendation: The wine scene on the sun-baked island of Sicily is dominated by a few large players, one of which is the firm of Regaleali. Their inexpensive rosé is a delight and an appropriate choice for this salad.

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