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Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min. + chilling

Makes

12 servings

My family and friends all love this salad, which they've referred to as "the Greek salad." The recipe makes enough to feed a crowd, so it's a perfect bring-along for a big party. No matter what you're looking for—something with the Greek flavors you love, or just a healthy, simple salad—it will not disappoint! If you'd like, substitute orzo for the rice. —Sarah Hawkins, Wanatah, Indiana
Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 8 cups), coarsely chopped
  • 16 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, combine rice and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 35-40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place vinegars, garlic, pepper and salt in bowl and whisk together. While whisking, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in basil.
  3. Place spinach in a large bowl; add cooked rice. Stir in tomatoes, green onions and dressing; toss until spinach is wilted. Gently stir in feta. Loosely cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until cold.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 55 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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