Yellow Rice with Toasted Cumin

Great - We really like this one

We use our deli slicer to cut the melon and zucchini for this. We've made it with chicken and with bacon, and it's great either way.


Gourmet - August 2005

In this perfect no-cook dish you can substitute crumbled bacon for the chicken or just omit the meat altogether.

2 medium zucchini (3/4 lb total)
1 teaspoon salt
2 (3-inch-wide) wedges honeydew melon, seeded and rind removed
1 whole smoked chicken breast (1 lb), skinned and thinly sliced crosswise with a knife
1 (1/2-lb) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves, cut crosswise into thin shreds
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Special equipment: an adjustable-blade slicer

Cut zucchini crosswise diagonally into 1/8-inch-thick slices using slicer and transfer to a colander set over a bowl. Sprinkle with salt, tossing to coat, and let stand 5 minutes, then rinse under cold water. Arrange in 1 layer on paper towels and pat dry.

Cut melon wedges lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices using slicer.

Divide melon, zucchini, and chicken among 4 plates. Shave about one fourth of cheese into curls with a vegetable peeler and divide curls and mint among the 4 plates. Drizzle each plate with oil and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 main-course servings.

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