Mediterranean Rice with Feta, Mint and Olives

Serves: 
12

Rice is a blank canvas that can be infused with a variety of flavors and ingredients to give it Asian, Middle Eastern or Latin flair. In this recipe, lemon, olives, fresh mint and other herbs impart a Mediterranean accent.

Ingredients

1 1/2 qt. water
1/2 tbsp. dry leaf basil (or thyme, marjoram or oregano)
3 cups uncooked Spanish rice mix (long grain rice with seasoning)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup multi-colored bell peppers, finely diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
1 tbsp. grated lemon zest
2 tsp. cracked black pepper

Steps

  1. In large pot, bring water to a boil over high heat; add basil. Stir in rice and seasoning packet; return to boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and let simmer on low for 18 to 20 min., or until rice is cooked through and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 to 10 min. before fluffing with a fork.
  3. In separate bowl, mix olive oil and lemon juice. Toss with warm rice to completely coat. Gently fold in remaining ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  4. For service, use scoop to serve rice; pair with roasted or grilled poultry, beef, lamb or pork.
Source: Courtesy of USA Rice Federation

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