Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad Recipe

Jul 8, 2011 3:30 pm

A mayo-free salad perfect for your party

Looking to replace potato salad with a healthier side? Brown rice salad is great for large gatherings and it’s good for you. While mayo-laden salads often grace the buffet table, they aren't always ideal when it comes to sitting out for hours at a time. This dish delivers tons of fresh vibrant flavors, not to mention looking great in a spread. We made this with brown rice but feel free to substitute your grain of choice.

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photo: quintanaroo on Flickr
 
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice, rinsed
1/3 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 cups baby spinach
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup scallions, chopped, white and light green parts
1 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup cucumber, finely diced
1 small red onion, small diced
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
3 tablespoons mint, chopped
Directions: 
  1. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the rice and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender, strain and place back in the pot and cover, off the heat for 10 minutes to steam. 
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and pine nuts and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and lemon zest and cook until the spinach has wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Combine the remaining olive oil, brown rice, spinach mixture, tomatoes, scallions, lemon juice, feta, cucumber, vinegar, olives, and mint in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Moderate
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
45 minutes
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