California Walnut, Turkey and Rice Salad

Another old post from the early days of The Common Room:


3 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups cooked turkey, white meat, diced
1/2 cup celery, diagonally sliced
1/4 cup pineapple chunks, drained
1/4 cup mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup water chestnuts, drained and thinly sliced
1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup lowfat lemon yogurt (skip the low-fat bit)0 OR do plain yogurt or sour cream and some lemon juice
1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise (skip the low-fat, ew)
1 tsp. lemon rind, grated
1/2 tsp. curry powder
6 cups lettuce, try romaine, spinach, Boston or mache

Directions: Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together next 4 ingredients. Add the dressing to the salad mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, spoon 1 cup of salad over 1 cup of the lettuce leaves. Because this recipe serves 6 we doubled it.

Our Notes: The Equuschick made the salad; she does not think water chestnuts are fit to eat so they were not included in the dish. This made the HeadGirl very happy and the DHM somewhat sad. Of course, the HeadGirl also wishes that the celery had been omitted, but one can’t have everything in life…
Instead of lemon yogurt we used plain yogurt flavored with lemon juice. We did not have it with the lettuce but this was a pure oversight and will not happen again. We were interrupted by a serious thunderstorm that necessitated the rearrangement of the livestock. By the time we got in to eat supper the lettuce had been forgotten.

Jennyanydots suggested the addition of more mandarin oranges. This is purely subjective, however. We happen to really like mandarin oranges. :)

-We should have noted that this amount served nine with generous leftovers- several of us had it for lunch the next day. So I would say the above amount is enough for about 12-15 if you serve this as a main dish, which we would. We had it again quite recently, and the Equuschick kindly added the water chestnuts to my portion. They were a scrumptious addition.- the DHM

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