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Mediterranean Spinach and Rice Salad

The rich flavors of the sunny Mediterranean combine in a vibrant salad that's perfect for al fresco dining.

Made with nutty, chewy brown rice, this hearty gluten-free take on the traditional fresh pasta salad will please any palate! 

Prep time: 20 min | Total time: 45 min | 4 Servings

Ingredients

SALAD:

½ cup

uncooked brown rice (or about 2 cups of cooked rice or orzo pasta)

4 oz

Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach

⅓ cup

Sundried tomatoes (cut into julienne)

½

cucumber (peeled, seeded and diced)

¼ cup

pitted Kalamata olives (chopped)

2 tsp

fresh oregano (chopped)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

¾ cup

red wine vinaigrette dressing

RED WINE VINAIGRETTE:

½ tsp

chopped garlic

1 tsp

chopped shallot

¼ tsp

dried oregano

¼ tsp

dried thyme

½ tsp

Sugar

¼ cup

red wine vinegar

½ cup

extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup

canola oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Directions

Cook the brown rice in salted, boiling water according to package directions. (If you've bought your rice in bulk, our friends at TheKitchn.com have a good guide to cooking it here.)

When the rice is done, spread it out on a plate or tray and allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the spinach, sundried tomatoes, cucumber and olives in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the cooked, cooled rice and about 3/4 cup of the red wine vinaigrette, and toss to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper, and more dressing if needed. 

Serve immediately. Extra vinaigrette can be refrigerated, tightly covered, for up to 3 weeks.

Per serving: Calories 260, Fat 17 grams, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 360 mg, Carbohydrates 25 grams, Fiber 3 grams, Sugars 2 grams, Protein 3 grams.

Percentage Daily Values per serving (based on a 2,000-calorie diet): Vitamin A 60%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 6%, Iron 15%. 

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