Gorgonzola Coconut Rice Salad

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

Gorgonzola Coconut Dressing:

  • 1 c. coconut milk
  • 6 oz. gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 tsp. sambal oelek
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice

Rice Salad:

  • 4 c. cooked rice, cooled
  • 1 c. mangoes (preferably sweet but firm), peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 1 c. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 oz. gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 1 c. diced red bell pepper
  • 1 c. diced Persian cucumbers, seeded
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped cilantro, divided
  • 1/4 c. roughly chopped cocktail peanuts

Instructions:

To make dressing, open can of coconut milk (do not shake first) and spoon off 1 cup from the top; place in blender. Add gorgonzola, mayonnaise, sambal oelek and lime juice and blend; adjust to taste.

In a large bowl, add rice, mangoes, black beans, gorgonzola, red bell pepper, cucumbers and 3 tablespoons cilantro; mix to combine. Add dressing and toss to combine. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from fridge and adjust seasoning to taste. Serve in a glass salad bowl and garnish with peanuts and remaining cilantro.
2014 Salemville® “How Do You Blue” recipe contest finalist - entry courtesy of Loanne Chiu