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Greek Rice Salad

Greek Rice Salad

This Greek Rice Salad is a delicious twist on the classic salad.  A definite hit at our dinner table as a side, starter or main dish!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword greek, rice, salad

Ingredients

Rice

  • 1 ½ cups long grain rice brown rice, basmati rice, black rice, quinoa, couscous and a wild rice blend are also an option if desired

Dressing

  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled, divided
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried

Salad

  • 1 english cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup olives, pitted, chopped or sliced
  • 1 small purple onion, sliced or chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups sweet pepper, any color, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

Prepare Rice

  1. Prepare your rice, or whatever you are using, according to package directions.

  2. If using long grain rice, boil for around 13 or 14 minutes. Drain rice if necessary and spread rice all over rimmed baking sheet to cool completely, between 20 and 30 minutes.

Make Your Dressing

  1. Using a hand blender or food processor, combine, 1/2 cup feta, oil, vinegar, honey, and oregano until smooth. Set aside until rice is ready and cool. You don't want to leave your fresh vegetables soaking for longer than an hour without the rice.

  2. Transfer to a large bowl and add cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, peppers, red onions.

Make Your Salad

  1. Add cool rice and remaining feta to bowl with all of your chopped vegetables. Toss to combine.

  2. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

How to store the salad

  1. Salad can be refrigerated for about 1 day. Allow to rest at room temperature 20 minutes before serving. Place in another bowl to speed up this process, unless you like the salad cold. Toss before