Mertzie's Tasty Brown Rice Salad

Michelle Koletar/Mertz


I am trying to make some healthy meals each week, in between my usual comfort food cooking style. This came out so delicious, and my kids even gobbled it up. Packed w/ flavor & nutrition. Very adaptable to your tastes, obviously. I didn't measure, so these are guesstimates on amounts.


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20 Min
45 Min


  • 2 c
    cooked brown rice
  • ·
    chicken broth (to cook rice)
  • ·
    half an onion (to cook w/ rice)
  • 1
    leftover lemons (to cook w/ rice) or a lemon teabag
  • ·
    grapeseed oil, (roasted garlic, if you can find it)
  • 1/2-1 c
    each: chickpeas; celery; carrots; cucumbers; red, yellow, and orange peppers; tomatoes; scallions; cauliflower
  • 1/4 c
    (each) fresh basil and fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4
    cup, olive oil
  • 1/8
    cup, white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    lemon juice
  • 6-8 oz
    feta cheese, crumbled

How to Make Mertzie's Tasty Brown Rice Salad


  1. Cook the brown rice in chicken broth, not water, according to the package directions. I added half an onion & a lemon teabag for flavor. When cooked through & drained, I tossed w/ some roasted garlic grapeseed oil to keep moist. Bring to room temp.
  2. Chop the veggies into small bite sized pieces and rough chop the herbs. I didn't cook any of the veggies, except for the carrots for just a few minutes to make them easier to cut.
  3. Mix up the wine vinegar, olive oil, honey & lemon juice well.
  4. Add the veggies (except for tomatoes) to the rice when cooled down, and mix. Add some fresh ground black pepper to your taste & stir.
  5. Slowly add a little bit of the dressing and stir. You don't need much, and the fresh basil & parsley give the rice a lot of flavor. Set aside the dressing for when you serve.
  6. Sprinkle w/ feta cheese and stir. You can refrigerate for a few hours, and then take out & taste to see if you want more dressing. Arrange the tomatoes on top before serving. (See pic).
  7. I served this at room temp, which was great, but it was good cold straight from the fridge the next day too. Enjoy!

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