Greek Lemon Rice Salad

Delight in the refreshing flavors of Greek Lemon Rice Salad, a vibrant dish combining fluffy rice with crisp vegetables, tangy feta cheese, and a zesty lemon dressing. Perfect as a light and flavorful side dish or a satisfying main course.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4-6 servings


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

For the Lemon Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1-2 lemons (about 1/4 cup lemon juice)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (optional, for sweetness)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Cook the Rice:

  1. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the water or vegetable broth to a boil.
  3. Add the rinsed rice, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and let cool to room temperature.

2. Prepare the Vegetables and Herbs:

  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the diced cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, Kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, chopped parsley, and chopped mint leaves.

3. Make the Lemon Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, honey or maple syrup (if using), salt, and pepper.

4. Assemble the Salad:

  1. Add the cooled rice to the bowl with the vegetables and herbs.
  2. Pour the lemon dressing over the salad ingredients.
  3. Toss gently to combine, ensuring the dressing coats everything evenly.

5. Serve:

  1. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  2. Serve the Greek Lemon Rice Salad chilled or at room temperature.
  3. Garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired.

Enjoy this vibrant and tangy Greek Lemon Rice Salad as a refreshing addition to any meal or on its own!

Cooking Tips:

  • For added protein, toss in grilled chicken, shrimp, or chickpeas.
  • Make it ahead of time and let it chill in the fridge to enhance the flavors.
  • Customize with your favorite Mediterranean vegetables and herbs.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Rice: Provides carbohydrates and energy.
  • Vegetables: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Feta Cheese: Adds calcium and protein.

Dietary Information:

  • Vegetarian: Yes
  • Gluten-Free: Yes
  • Nut-Free: Yes

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • It’s a light and flavorful salad, perfect for summer gatherings or quick lunches.
  • Packed with fresh vegetables and herbs, offering a burst of Mediterranean flavors.
  • Easy to prepare with simple ingredients that come together beautifully.


Thank you for trying this Greek Lemon Rice Salad recipe. Enjoy the vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more delightful recipes. Happy cooking!

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