Tomatoes, red peppers, and red onion add fresh flavor and color to this dish, which can be served as a filling entrée salad or a simple side.
What you need:
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Peel of 1 lemon, cut into strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
2 red peppers, cut into wide strips
3-1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
24 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
What you do:
- Preheat broiler. In a bowl, combine lemon juice, lemon peel, olive oil, and garlic. Set aside.
- Place red peppers on baking sheet and broil until skin bubbles and starts to turn black. Remove peppers from broiler and place in a covered bowl for 5 minutes. Remove outer skin, and dice peppers.
- In a large bowl, combine rice, beans, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, parsley, onion, and peppers and toss with lemon juice dressing.
Chef’s Tip: Depending on your preference, you can include the lemon peel in the salad or discard.
Photo courtesy of Kim Lutz