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Rice Salad with Grilled Vegetables Recipe

Rice Salad with Grilled Vegetables Recipe

This is the perfect way to use up leftover cooked rice and grilled vegetables, and so flavorful you may be inspired to make extra just for this purpose!

The smoky-sweet flavor of lightly-charred zucchini, onion, bell pepper, and portobellos combined with Italian seasonings, olive oil, and rice is a marriage that is truly made in heaven.


1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon fresh marjoram, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 red bell pepper, halved
2 large Portobello mushroom caps
2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise
4 cups leftover cooked long-grain rice

1. Light the fire in your grill and get it down to medium-high heat.

2. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. Place vegetables on a baking sheet and drizzle dressing over them, turning to coat evenly. Reserve any dressing remaining of baking sheet.

3. Grill vegetables (you may use a grill basket, or grill them directly on the grill rack) around 5 minutes, until slightly charred but still firm. Transfer vegetables to a platter to cool.

4. Chop vegetables into 1/2-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Add rice and remaining dressing and toss to combine.

Serves 4.

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Inspired by Rice & Spice, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2000).

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5:47PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

YUM, love this recipe!!! :)

10:25AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Già provato. Veramente ottimo.

2:48PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Going to try this recipe!

7:29AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Going to try this recipe!

4:51PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Fabulous recipe.

4:47PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Fabulous recipe.

4:32PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Fabulous recipe. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

1:45PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Sounds great.

8:28AM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

Sounds delicious, yet so simple, thanks!

9:02PM PDT on Jun 24, 2010

Awesome I love rice. Looks like a great way to use left over rice, instead of doing my usual. Which is leftover rice for breakfast with milk and honey.

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