Minty summer rice salad

Minty summer rice salad

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Cooking time

Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins

Skill level



Serves 4

A veggie treat, on the table in 20 minutes

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  • Vegetarian
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  • 250g long grain rice
  • 250g bunch asparagus, cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • garted zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 2 x 125g packs mini mozzarella, halved (or 2 x 125g balls mozzarella, chopped)
  • 1 large bunch mint leaves, shredded

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  1. Drop the rice into a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 10 minutes. Toss in the asparagus and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the rice is completely cooked and the asparagus is only slightly crunchy. Drain into a sieve and hold under the cold tap until cool.
  2. When the rice is cold, stir in the red pepper, oil, lemon zest and juice, mozzarella and mint leaves. Season well.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2004

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parent-kitchen's picture

Always make this with suggested alternatives of green beans and feta cheese - with lemon and mint this makes a very tasty rice salad.

kiwiinlux's picture
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This was really nice. The rice was not cooked after 10 minutes though, however didn't bother checking and added asparagus, prob had a few more minutes than it should but still came out great. I also used feta and was very a very tasty salad. Especially nice with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.

felicityd's picture
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Really quick to make and nice to have a filling salad when you're hungry but it's hot weather. I used feta instead of mozzarella which was great.

jenienoyce's picture
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Made this for my boyf and I to take to work for lunch over 2days, nice Summery salad :) I used Green beans instead of asparagus and also added some chopped tomato on day one. It was nice, if a little bland. On day two, I sub'd the toms for some Sweetcorn and also added some feta (naughty to have two cheeses but worth it!) to mine and some leftover Piri-piri chicken to his, the original was 'too veggie' for him!. This really upped the flavour and I would def make the revised version again.

lorili70's picture
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I tried this for a family party as an alternative to the traditional and rather boring salad that i normally do. It went down a treat and everyone said it was really nice. I'm not too sure about the asparagus so am going to try it with the green beans next time.Very easy to do and should be even better next time now that i have watched the video on how to cook rice and know that i should pre-rinse the rice...