Eating My Way Through

Brown Rice Salad with Feta May 12, 2010

Filed under: Lunch,Salad,Veggies — Nikki Wegner @ 10:57 pm
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I am always looking for healthy, easy salads to throw together after work or bring for lunch that are break from just some lettuce and dressing.

When I visited my boss and her new baby the other week her mom made us a great brown rice salad with feta, it was delicious! So I decided to give it a try at home, with a few additions/subtractions and whatever vegetables I had in the fridge/freezer.

One thing that makes this super easy to throw together is the use of pre-cooked frozen rice that you simply steam in the microwave. The rice turns out great, just as if you perfectly cooked it on the stove, without all the time, mess and potential for overcooking, burning, etc.

To get started, I microwaved the shelled frozen edamame and prepped all the other veggies, tossing them in a large bowl.

Veggies

Veggies

Next, prepare the brown rice according to the package directions in the microwave. While the rice is cooking, it should probably take about 4 minutes, whisk together the dressing. I used some olive oil, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, basil paste and garlic.

Lemon & Oil Dressing

Lemon & Oil Dressing

Carefully take the brown rice out of the microwave, it will be hot, and add to the bowl with the veggies. Mix together, add the feta, and mix again.

Brown Rice Salad

Brown Rice Salad

If you plan on eating the salad all at once/serving at a party, add the dressing and mix well. If you are making the salad ahead or dividing into smaller portions for meals, keep the dressing in a separate container and add as you go. This will make the salad last longer and ensure it doesn’t go bad!

This is definitely a salad I will recreate again and again. Maybe with different vegetables, or a different type of cheese, but it is great salad to toss together one night and use for the week!

Brown Rice Salad with Feta

1 package microwave steamed brown rice (2 cups cooked)

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup red onions, diced

1 cup snow peas, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 medium cucumber, diced

1 1/2 cups shelled edamame

3.5 ounces reduced-fat feta

1 tsp lemon zest

2 tbsps lemon juice, fresh

2 tbsps water

1 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves minced

1 tsp basil herb blend (I used Gourmet Gardens)

salt to taste

Directions:

If using frozen edamame, prepare according to package directions

Combine prepped tomatoes, red onion, snow peas, cucumber and edamame in a large bowl

Cook brown rice according to package directions in the microwave

In a small bowl, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, water, olive oil, garlic, salt and basil blend

Whisk until combined

Add rice to large bowl, mix

Add feta to bowl, mix

Add dressing and stir together if serving/eating all at once, or divide into containers for lunch, keeping the dressing separate

Yields 4 servings (about 1 1/2 cups salad, 1 1/2 tbsps dressing)

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One Response to “Brown Rice Salad with Feta”

  1. Anne Says:

    Yum!

    Frozen rice is my favorite. I can make a lot of things but mess up rice every time…


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