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Delicious Summer Rice Salad

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Delicious Summer Rice Salad



Now that the heat is here, I find the best thing to make for dinner is a salad. I love salads, because you can make a big bowl of it and eat it over a couple of days. If company appears at the doorstep - just throw in more vegetables to stretch the salad.


Here is the recipe for one of my family's favorite Salads.  You can serve it along some meat, or just eat it as a main dish: Mediterranean Rice Salad

I adapted this recipe from a Sunset recipe.

Ingredients:

1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup of long grain rice
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup of olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp of fresh oregano or more if you like
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 cups of fresh chopped spinach leaves
1 bell pepper, yellow orange or red diced
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, chopped finely
1/2 cup of chopped Kalamata olives
1 cup of crumbled feta cheese

1. Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Add 1/2 tsp of salt to it. Add rice. Turn heat down to low. Put lid on and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove pot from burner and let the rice sit. I wrap the pot in a thick towel.

2. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, herbs, pepper, and remaining salt. The original recipe called for 1.5 tsp of salt. Since we are trying to cut down on salt I use only 1/2 tsp or less. The feta cheese and olives usually have enough extra salt...

3. Fluff the rice with a fork. Add the rice to the dressing and mix it together gently. Add spinach, to the still warm rice and toss them together. The warm rice will wilt the spinach slightly. After the rice-spinach mix has completely cooled down add the remaining ingredients and toss again.

If you like hot food you can throw in some hot red pepper flakes. Since our youngest doesn't like hot food, the rest of the family adds some pepper flakes individually to their servings.

This salad is very easy to make. It works great for parties and potlucks! You can serve it immediately after finishing it when it's still a bit warm or serve it cold from the refrigerator.

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5 Comments:

Blogger JayLeigh said...

Oh, this sounds great! I've been wanting to make a salad with rice, and so I'll plan to try this soon! :)

June 17, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

I'm definitely trying that this week. Thanks for the recipe! Looks yummy!

June 17, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger germandolls said...

Hope your family likes it as much as mine! Let me know how it turns out!

June 18, 2011 at 4:19 AM  
Blogger woolies said...

This looks great, thanks!

June 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Catherine! said...

just made this and it is FABULOUS! thanks for the recipe!

July 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM  

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