About this recipe:This colourful, Italian-style rice salad is a great summertime dish that uses fresh courgettes, carrots and peppers. Replace rice with couscous, farro or barely, if you prefer.
350g white rice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon herb-seasoned sea salt (see tip)
1 tablespoon capers
1 sprig fresh parsley
strips of lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
3 medium courgettes, peeled and grated
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 yellow pepper, cubed
1/2 red pepper, cubed
salt, to taste
juice of 1 lemon
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:18min › Ready in:28min
Place the rice in a saucepan with 700ml of water. Cover and cook on low heat for 15-18 minutes or until the rice absorbs all the water.
Once the rice is ready, pour in enough cold water to cover the cooked rice. Stir and drain well; transfer into a bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon of extra virgin oil and season to taste with herb salt; set aside.
Chop and mix capers, parsley leaves and lemon zest. Add to rice. Stir in courgettes, carrots, yellow and red pepper. Season to taste with remaining tablespoon of olive oil, regular salt and lemon juice.
Homemade herb salt
If you do not have herb-seasoned salt, use a blender or food processor to grind 1 pinch of coarse sea salt with 3-4 leaves of herbs such as basil, sage, mint, thyme or rosemary.