Ham and Rice Salad

Ham and Rice Salad is a delicious ham, fruit, vegetable and rice salad which makes refreshingly different summer lunch or dinner. Made in a smaller quantity, the salad can be used as a superb stuffing for avocados or large fresh tomatoes.

8 oz. long-grain rice, washed, soaked in cold water for

30 minutes and drained

1 teaspoon salt

4 very thick slices cooked, lean ham, diced

4 canned pineapple rings, drained and chopped

2 medium-sized green peppers, white pith removed, seeded and coarsely chopped

1 red eating apple, cored and chopped

1 egg yolk, at room temperature

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon dry mustard

½ teaspoon white pepper

4 fl. oz. olive oil, at room temperature

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 fl. oz. double cream

3- teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Place the rice, salt and enough water just to cover the rice in a medium-sized saucepan. Set the pan over high heat and bring the water to the boil. Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.

Remove the pan from the heat and set the rice aside to cool completely.

To make the dressing, place the egg yolk, salt, mustard and pepper in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Using a wire whisk, beat the ingredients until they are thoroughly blended. Add the oil, a few drops at a time, whisking constantly. Do not add the oil too quickly or the mayon-naise will curdle. After the mayonnaise has thickened the oil may be added a little more rapidly. Beat in a few drops of the lemon juice from time to time to prevent the mayonnaise from becoming too thick. When all the oil has been added, stir in the remaining lemon juice. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, mustard or lemon juice if desired.

Stir in the cream, cayenne and chives and blend well.

Add the ham, pineapple, green peppers, apple and the rice to the dressing. Toss the ingredients thoroughly. Turn the salad out into a medium-sized serving bowl. Place it in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes before serving.