If you’re looking for a refreshing and flavorful dish that is quick and easy to put together during summer, then you should try this Mediterranean Rice Salad.
This salad is full of nutrients, naturally gluten-free, colorful, and super delicious. It’s simple to make by putting all ingredients together in a bowl and mix them well with citrus oregano dressings.
You can easily store this salad in a fridge for a couple of days to use it during the week because you’ll want to eat this dish every single day.
I also love that rice is so versatile and can be used in so many different meals, so feel free to mix it with soup, or stir-fried vegetables as a quick meal for the family!
Mediterranean Rice Salad
Lemon Oregano Dressing
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1½ cups long-grain rice. (you can use brown rice, or short-grain as well)
- 2 cups chopped spinach leaves
- 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
- ½ cup chopped green onion/scallion
- ½ cup chopped kalamata olives
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (or cubes)
To make lemon oregano dressing
- In a large bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, red bell pepper, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Set aside.
To cook the rice
- In a medium saucepan, bring 2½cups of water to a boil.
- Add ½ teaspoon of salt, and the rice.
- Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Uncover and fluff it with a fork.
- Add about 1 Tablespoon dressing to the small bowl rice (I assemble this salad right before serving, so use your judgment as how much rice you'd like in your bowl)
- Add spinach, and toss it with the rice.
- Add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. [Most likely you'll have extras depending on how many people you want to serve. Which is a good thing, because you'll have more for future use!]
- Serve at room temperature.