MINNEAPOLIS - Talk about your pedal power! The Nature Valley Grand Prix is coming back to Minnesota and Wisconsin. The annual event is one of the top three professional cyclist stage races in the country.
Susan Kakuk is a host and chef for the Nature Valley Pro Chase and Kowalski's Collegiate All Star teams.
She joined Pat Evans on KARE 11 Today to to share a delicious race day recipe.
Black Rice and Mango Salad
recipe by Sue Kakuk
1 cup Black Forbidden rice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp Asian toasted sesame oil
3 Tbsp gluten free Tamari sauce
juice of 2 limes
2 tsp Sriracha hot chile sauce, optional
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup diced mango (I use Trader Joes frozen mango chunks, thawed)
1 cup diced english cucumber
1 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Rinse the rice under cold water and drain.
In a medium pot, combine rice, 2 cups cold water and pinch of salt; bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until tender, 25-30 minutes.
Remove from heat and invert rice onto a large baking sheet to cool, using a fork to spread out on sheet. Set aside.
Meanwhile, prepare dressing. In a large bowl, whisk vinegar, sesame oil, Tamari sauce, lime juice and if desired, Sriracha sauce.
Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
Stir in mango, cucumber, red pepper, scallions, cilantro and mint. Fold in cooked rice, tossing to coat evenly.
If you will not be serving it immediately, instead, toss the dressing with veggies only, refrigerate and then when ready to serve, gently fold in cooked rice.
Meanwhile, organizers of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival invite the public to the prestigious Grand Prix, which runs from June 13-17.
Here is the schedule:
Nature Valley Grand Prix Schedule:
Stage 1, Saint Paul Time Trial, Wed, 6/13 at 8:30 am, near Ford Plant
Stage 2, Saint Paul Criterium, Wed, 6/13 at 4 pm, Rice Park
Stage 3, Cannon Falls Road Race, Thu, 6/14 at 4:30 pm
Stage 4, Uptown Minneapolis Criterium past Calhoun Square Fri, 6/15 at 4:30 pm
Stage 5, Menomonie Road Race on Sat, 6/16 at 11a.m. (Gran Fondo & Spectator Rides at 9:30 am)
Stage 6, Stillwater Criterium on Sun, 6/17, at 10:30 (amateur race at 11 am)
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