Mediterranean Rice Salad

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Delicious flavors of sumac, mint and lemon paired with fresh vegetables pack a punch in this tasty salad.

One of my all-time favorite salads is fattoush. Fattoush is a Lebanese salad that is loaded with veggies, boasts a lemony flavor and the pièce de résistance, toasted pita bread! The problem with fattoush is shortly after the salad is made, the bread gets soggy and that’s it for me, I don’t do soggy bread. I wanted to create a recipe that had all the delicious flavor of fattoush but held up to time. This Mediterranean Rice Salad is packed with flavor, loaded with veggies and a perfect meal or side dish.

Sumac

Sumac is one of the mostly widely used spices in Lebanese cooking. Sumac trees are plentiful in Lebanon and yield a fruit that is ground into the reddish powder we know as sumac. With a bold lemon, tangy flavor, it packs a punch and brightens any dish. Sumac, with the addition of lemon and mint create a unique flavor that is light and refreshing in this salad. 

Wine Pairing

Tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and peppers along with black rice are the basics to this recipe. Of course mixing and matching veggies and varieties of rice are totally doable to suit your preferences. I love how these hearty veggies can hold up to the rice and flavor of the sumac, lemon and mint. The salad is also a perfect companion to a Dry Riesling. Pacific Rim Dry Riesling ($12) is a perfect Columbia Valley wine to go with this meal. The wine is crisp, dry and lush, quite a bit different than your standard Rieslings. Aged in stainless steel, it has a crisp, sharp flavor that holds up to the lemony, tangy flavor of the sumac and lemon in the rice salad. 

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This dry riesling is the perfect pairing with this Mediterranean Rice Salad

Whether you are planning a BBQ, family dinner, school or work lunches, this salad will sure to please a crowd.

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As always, I love seeing your creations! Be sure to tag me if you give this a try, Instagram @CosettesKitchen or post on my Facebook Page.

XOXO
Cosette

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Dry Riesling is perfect with this bold lemony salad.

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Mediterranean Rice Salad
rice, salad, wine
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings
servings
Ingredients
rice, salad, wine
Instructions
  1. Prepare your rice according to package directions. Let cool overnight in the fridge.
  2. In a large bowl, pound your cloves of garlic using a mortar. Add in your sumac and dried mint. Add your lemon, olive oil and salt and whisk mixture all together. Add your rice to your dressing mixture.
  3. Prepare your vegetables, chopped in small pieces and add to salad.
  4. Mix salad to incorporate dressing and vegetables well.
  5. Enjoy as is or top with chicken, salmon or other protein to create a full meal.
Recipe Notes

**You may need to add a bit more olive oil the next day as the rice absorbs the liquid. Adjust as needed. 

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