Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad
You will love this Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad. The hearty rice salad has it all! Cucumbers, sun dried tomatoes, creamy feta cheese, olives, chickpeas and brown rice. The brown rice is richly flavoured with garlic, fresh basil, red onions, lemon juice, good olive oil and plenty of fresh parsley.
This brown rice salad has the typical Mediterranean flavours that you would find in Greek cuisine. The cucumber adds freshness, and the sun-dried tomatoes add just the perfect amount of sweetness. The salty feta and olives bring a delicious balance of flavours in this healthy salad. I wanted to add chickpeas because it made the salad hearty enough to serve as an entree, especially for someone following a plant-based diet.
To make this most flavourful brown rice salad is super simple. Once the rice is cooked and cooled, just mix everything and rest for an hour. The rice will absorb the flavours from juices in the salad, making the salad super tasty!
I love making this salad because it is an ideal side to bring to barbecues and large gatherings. And the best part, you can make it a day in advance.
♥ Can you substitute the brown rice for another grain?
Yes, absolutely! You can use white rice or quinoa. Both of these will work nicely in this Mediterranean salad.
What I love about this brown rice salad is, the salad is hearty enough for an entrée. However, it goes exceptionally well with lamb, pork or chicken dishes. Always serve this Mediterranean brown rice salad at room temperature.
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