Lemony rice & peas

Lemony rice & peas

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 10
This salad is packed with pulses and should be enough of a carb hit that you don’t need to serve potatoes as well

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal229
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre4g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.61g
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  • 300g brown basmati rice
  • 75ml olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g frozen pea
  • 410g can lentil, rinsed and drained



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 410g chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • juice 2 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 bunches spring onion, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • large bunch coriander, chopped


  1. Cook the rice in a large pan of boiling water for about 15 mins, drain and drizzle with a little of the olive oil, then leave to cool.

  2. Boil a kettle and pour the water over the peas in a small bowl. Leave them to defrost, then drain. In a large bowl, mix the rice with the peas, lentils, chickpeas, remaining olive oil, lemon juice and the spring onions. Season to taste. The rice salad can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Remove from the fridge about 30 mins before serving, then stir through the coriander.

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Comments (17)

Whitney.'s picture

I recommend that you add some chopped red bellpepper for extra crunch and flavour. Very fresh and healthy! Also very tasty!!

shazza99's picture

Lovely fresh taste, a little to sharp for me so added some sweet chilli sauce, which worked well it added a touch of chilli heat too.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was light and tasty. I halved the recipe though and left out the lentils but used a 400g tin of chickpeas. Served with the Grilled Salmon with Chilli Glaze & Lime Creme Fraiche on this site.

zoebazuin's picture

I just made this for a pot luck lunch, used a white and wild rice mix as that was all I had to hand, but every thing eles as above. great side dish, loads of flavor, simple, healthy, thumbs up!

emmaccollins's picture

Very nice, made it for a BBQ. Didn't put as much oil in as recommended as that sounded like a lot too me. It still tasted nice! Very lemony, but I like that. Shame you have to make it for 10 though, doesn't appear to be a way to reduce the recipe.

nitu_xavier's picture

A friend of mine found made this the other day and it was really quick and easy to prepare; not to mention yummy. The squeeze of an extra lemon did wonders. It was great both warm when freshly prepared and the cold the next day. Its not so heavy that it makes a great side but is also wholesome enough to be a main on its own. *double thumbs up*

eleanormayo's picture

This was delicious! I was making it in a smaller quantity so left out the chickpeas as did not want lots of have used tins of pulses to use up! Will definitely do again and add chick peas for a larger crowd.

andreajane1958's picture

This was quite good but felt something was missing flavour wise so I added a little light soy sauce and it did the trick !

lisawebber's picture

I made this for a BBQ and it went really well. We're going to try it again for packed lunches.

tordi1's picture

I made this as a side dish, only thing i changed was i added some sweetcorn as there was some it the fridge which needed using up! If i were to make again i would halve the amount of lemon juice as was just a bit too lemony for our tastes.

miffycat's picture

Did this for a BBQ for 20 people. There was loads! Not many people chose it but those who did really enjoyed it, including me. I didn't add any coriander or salt but would add both if I did it again.

jennycampbell456's picture

Would make a good side for a BBQ or at a party but not one I will make for the family again. It does taste good but not really what we would norm eat.

annie0176's picture

Good - fresh and healty tasting rather than delicious - but is great to have with a really spicy meat or chicken dish.

ahaldane's picture

Ooops! I did change one thing in the recipe! I used white basmati rice as I don't like the brown and as you can see from my comments above, it worked very well. PS: I cooked the rice in my rice boiler

ahaldane's picture

I made this as a side dish for a crowd so doubled the quantities and made it one day ahead of the party. I don't think I would change anything in the recipe because this rice dish received lots of compliments on the day and several guests asked me for the recipe. It is very easy to make - the most labour intensive part being slicing the spring onions! Perfect for buffets and barbecues. Easy, fresh and delicious.

ashleylim75's picture

It's really tasty and it goes well with curry! I will definitely make it again.

fran87's picture

Really tasty and easy to make, very light and fresh for a rice dish. I used it as a side dish to a chicken bake but we've got lots left!

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