Feta & Cranberry Rice Salad

I’ve been on the search for new lunches, healthy but filling and tasty. Rice salads have been ticking those boxes recently. I’ve also had a real thing for feta, ever since eating an absolutely divine spinach, feta and pine nut pie several weeks ago. I spotted this recipe online but decided to add a tin of sweetcorn and a bag of spinach into the mix. I loved that besides the cooking of the rice this can all be made in a couple of minutes, making week day lunch meal prep much easier to fit into a weekend. The recipe serves 4 but I stretched it to 5, so I had a lunch for every day of the working week. It was delicious hot or cold; on colder days I microwaved it for a couple of minutes, the melted feta was divine.

Feta salad

I’m also a huge fan of dried cranberries so this recipe was definitely a winner in my eyes.

Ingredients:

  • 250 g of basmati and wild rice
  • 400 g tin of chickpeas, drained
  • 325 g tin of sweetcorn, drained
  • 100 g of dried cranberries
  • 1 red onion, dliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice/juice of one lemon
  • 200 g of feta, diced
  • 200 g of spinach

Method:

  1. Rinse the rice and then cook as per instructions on the packet (usually boil for 15-20 minutes).
  2. Add the chickpeas for the last few minutes of the rice cooking.
  3. Drain the rice and chickpeas and then rinse with cold water until cooler.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir the cranberries, red onion, sweetcorn and spinach into the rice and chickpeas.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.
  6. Pour the dressing over the rice and stir.
  7. Stir in the feta.
  8. Divide into portions and serve.
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