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Mediterranean Delight Rice Salad

A Refreshing and Flavorful Greek-Inspired Rice Salad

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Mediterranean Delight Rice Salad

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 20 minutesCook time: 45 minutesRest time: 10 minutesTotal time:1 hour 15 minutesServings:8 servingsCalories:224 kcal Best Season:Summer

Description

Experience the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean with this Greek Rice Salad. Packed with fresh vegetables, tangy feta cheese, and a zesty lemon dressing, this dish is perfect for a light lunch or a side dish at dinner. It’s easy to prepare and bursting with color and taste.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the brown rice and water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and let it simmer until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed, about 45 to 50 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the rice cool, occasionally fluffing it with a fork to prevent clumping.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the avocado with the lemon juice, ensuring the avocado is well-coated to prevent browning. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, red onion, olives, mint, olive oil, lemon zest, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Gently toss the ingredients together until they are well mixed.
  3. Gently fold the cooled rice into the vegetable mixture. Serve the salad immediately or refrigerate it for up to an hour. Note that the salad is best enjoyed fresh, as the tomatoes and cucumbers will start to release their juices, making the salad watery if stored for more than a day.

Notes

  • – For a more robust flavor, allow the salad to sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.
    – You can substitute brown rice or quinoa for a healthier alternative.
    – Add grilled chicken or shrimp for a protein boost.
Keywords:Greek, Rice Salad, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Side Dish

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, this salad can be made a day in advance. Store it in the refrigerator and toss it again before serving.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Absolutely! Try using goat cheese or a sharp cheddar for a different flavor profile.

Is this salad gluten-free?

Yes, as long as you use gluten-free rice, this salad is naturally gluten-free.

What can I serve with this salad?

This salad pairs well with grilled meats, fish, or as part of a Mediterranean mezze platter.

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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