I need to make rice or a grain-type dish for 40 - 50 people. Something I can make ahead and serve room temp as I'll have no kitchen at the site. Help!

  • Posted by: Sarah
  • February 7, 2016


LeBec F. February 9, 2016
sarah, maybe pasta is no-go, but my simplest Asian recipe was always WICKED popular: al dente linguini run under cold water briefly (so it's still warm)and tossed with sesame oil, then S and P and a little soy sauce; add minced red pepper and scallion. Something about the sesame oil....!
foodndrink February 8, 2016
Quinoa is a great grain for this and it is becoming more common for salads with dried fruit and fresh veggies.
LeBec F. February 7, 2016
sarah, an important question- what else is being served?! wouldn't want, for instance, to detail an asian dish if the main dishes are mediterranean.........
Sarah February 8, 2016
Good point! I'm cooking for my son and his college basketball team. They're pretty "conservative" eaters but all about protein. So I am making the Mark Bittman coconut-braised beef stew but not telling them it's made with coconut. I can bring it to the game (seven hours from home) and reheat it on my portable burner.
Bevi February 7, 2016
I doubled the following recipe and I am quite sure it fed at least 40 when I took it to a wedding for 200.


I used roasted almond slivers from Trader Joe's rather than hazelnuts, and real dried cranberries rather than Craisins. The first time I made this dish I used Trader Joe's raisin medley. It's a great recipe and very forgiving. You can adjust the vinaigrette to your taste.
Sarah February 8, 2016
Thank you! Looks amazing. Adding to my recipe box.
Garlic F. February 7, 2016
How about Tabouli?
Sarah February 8, 2016
I love tabouli--but thinking it might be a bit "weird" for this particular crowd.
Megan February 7, 2016
I love this one that uses wheat berries, scallions, feta, and grapes. You can omit the chicken if you like...it has a very well-balanced honey-lemon dressing, and is meant to be served cold (or at room temp): http://pinchofyum.com/honey-chicken-salad-with-grapes-and-feta
Sarah February 8, 2016
This looks fabulous. Adding to my recipes.
inpatskitchen February 7, 2016
I don't know what else is on the menu, but this room temperature rice salad is very refreshing:
Sarah February 8, 2016
Aha! This might be perfect with my Asian beef stew!
Nancy February 7, 2016
Here's one that's lovely at various temperatures, including room temp. Introduced to me years ago by a friend who was a very fine cook, and died of cancer at about 40, so of course I think of her every time I make it.
This rice and vegetable salad has a lovely mix of savory and sweet (olives, shallots, other veg, a few currants) and is optimally a summer dish. If you can't get some of the summer veg and it's winter where you live, sub another. It's very good, and very easy.
It's in the Silver Palate (original) cookbook, and here online:
Sarah February 8, 2016
This looks wonderful.
sexyLAMBCHOPx February 7, 2016
I love this Radish & Pecan Grain Salad. Maybe you can this as a template and tweak to your liking. It's very good at warm temperature. You could simply multiply the ingredients and read the comments for further suggestions . https://food52.com/recipes/9110-radish-and-pecan-grain-salad
Sarah February 8, 2016
Thank you!
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