Mediterranean Rice Salad

    Mediterranean Rice Salad

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    About this recipe: This rice dish is based on the traditional Greek salad, only it has rice and avocados added to it. It's delicious with grilled meats. Serve at your next summer barbecue.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 190g uncooked long grain brown rice
    • 600ml water
    • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
    • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
    • 200g diced cucumbers
    • 50g diced red onion
    • 75g crumbled feta cheese
    • 4 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Method
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Bring the brown rice and water to the boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes; remove from heat and allow to cool, fluffing occasionally with a fork.
    2. Toss the avocado and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta, olives, mint, olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper to the bowl; lightly toss the mixture until evenly combined.
    3. Fold the cooled rice gently into the mixture. Serve immediately or chill up to 1 hour; the salad does not last well for more than a day as the tomatoes and cucumbers begin to release their juices and the salad becomes watery.
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    I hate it when people rate a recipe when they actually made it differently. But...I was put off by the submitters instruction that the tomato and cucumber meant the salad needed to be eaten the same day. So, I left them out and served tomato, cucumber and avocado on the side. The salad, which I had doubled, lasted well for almost a week.  -  02 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    22

    Very nice alternative to the usual Greek salad. I love the mint, it really makes this salad a standout recipe. As directed, I wouldn't serve it immediately nor chill it for an hour. The flavors need time to meld and chilling it would kill the flavor. I let it sit, covered, at room temp for 30 minutes.  -  27 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    16

    I was a little nervous making this because our dinner guests were Greek. Not to worry, this salad was FANTASTIC. Made exactly as stated, except used frozen brown rice from Trader Joe's which is ready in 3 minutes. Big time saver.I also used Roma tomatoes and cut out the pulp and seeds. This makes the salad less "watery" Thanks for a great recipe!! Loved it!!  -  06 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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