Tomato, "Mozzarella", Basil Brown Rice Salad
1 1/2 cups long-, medium- or short-grain brown rice
2 1/3 cups water or vegetable broth
2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (for rice)
1/3 cup Champagne, rice wine or red vinegar
2 tablespoon good olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoons kosher salt (for dressing)
2 teaspoons evaporated cane juice or sugar
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound ripe tomatoes, large-diced or cherry cut in 1/2 (have used crushed in can when in pinch drain and save liquid if need wetter salad)
8 oz of tofu (White Wave firm, or 365 extra firm Tofu)
1 cup packed basil leaves (1 large bunch), chopped
1. Press the tofu between a two cookie sheets weighted down lined with kitchen towels to get rid of some of the liquid contained in the tofu for around 30 min.
2. Adjust the oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread rice in 8-inch square baking dish.
3. Bring water and oil to boil, covered, in medium saucepan over high heat; once boiling, immediately stir in salt and pour water over rice. Cover baking dish tightly with doubled layer of foil. Bake rice 1 hour, until tender. To minimize any loss of water through evaporation, cover the saucepan and use the water as soon as it reaches a boil. An 8-inch ceramic baking dish with a lid may be used instead of the baking dish and foil.
4. Remove baking dish from oven and uncover. Fluff rice with dinner fork and let rice stand 5 minutes.
5. Transfer to mixing bowl.
6. Cut the tofu into small bite size pieces
7. Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt, and a pinch of pepper. Pour over the rice. Add the tomatoes, tofu and basil. Mix well and check the seasonings.
Serve immediately for warm side dish or chill in refrigerator for cold side dish.
If you are making this dish for people who are not into tofu you can marinate the tofu. I will just double the amount of dressing and marinate the tofu with 1/2 of the dressing for about 30 min. If you press the tofu, then start the rice, and about 30 min after the rice has started start marinating the tofu it all comes about ready about the same time.