Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad Recipe

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.

Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad Recipe
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  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cup scallions
  • 1 cup Feta cheese
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1 small red onion
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons mint
  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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