This post was sponsored by USA Rice Canada. The recipe and opinions are my own.
When you are looking for a filling, gluten-free, dish that is quick and easy to put together, and doesn't break the bank, you are looking for Mediterranean brown rice salad! It is full of nutritional goodness and health benefits.
I am obsessed with this Mediterranean brown rice salad. It combines the flavours of a classic Greek salad with spinach and rice. Why add rice to your salad? Well it may be surprising (but it really shouldn't be), that rice:
- has a LOT of nutritional value --> Rice is a source of B-vitamins, phosphorus and zinc, but brown rice also contains magnesium, selenium, manganese and fibre. In fact, one cup of brown rice has almost 4 grams of fibre while 3.5 cups of raw spinach has only 2.2 grams. Well this salad has both, so we are seriously doubling up on some major fibre!
- is gluten-free.
- is low in calories (it only has 108 calories per half cup serving!).
Storing and Reheating Rice
I like to double up on the rice, use half in this Mediterranean brown rice salad and store the rest in the refrigerator to use in meals during the week to feed my hungry family! I just love how versatile rice is. Think more salads, soups, puddings and stir fries! You can store the cooked rice in an air-tight container for up to one week in the refrigerator. OR you can store if even longer in the freezer. Yes, rice freezes beautifully! Say hello to homemade, always ready, "minute rice."