Mint and Feta Rice Salad

With fresh mint and dill, this tasty rice salad is a perfectly easy, make-ahead side dish for holiday entertaining or buffet tables.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 5 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 10 mins (+ 10 mins cooling time)
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Servings
SERVES 6
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 10 mins (+ 10 mins cooling time)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup finely crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  • This refreshing and light rice salad combines fragrant Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice, fresh herbs, leafy arugula and zesty feta cheese into one impressive dish.

    Step 1

  • Cook rice according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

    Step 2

  • Whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add rice, dill and mint and toss gently to combine.

    Step 3

  • Stir arugula, peas and feta into salad.

    Recipe Tip

    Substitute goat cheese for the feta cheese, and use spinach in place of the arugula, if desired.

    For an easy stuffed tomato recipe, simply hollow out small, vine-ripened tomatoes and stuff them with the rice salad. Sprinkle a little feta or goat cheese on top of each tomato before serving.

Zesty Simplicity!

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing but hearty rice salad, this dish is it! It all starts with the right rice. While you can also swap in our traditional Minute® Instant White Rice, we’ve used naturally fragrant jasmine rice.

This is the perfect opportunity to use any leftover rice from yesterday’s meal. Or, if you want to chill the rice quickly, lay it out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

One your rice is ready, this dish is all about the mix-ins! A simple vinaigrette and fresh herbs give this salad a burst of tasty flavors. Arugula, peas and feta add more texture, colour and taste. Want a few more ideas to jazz up any rice dish? Take a look at our ideas for savory stir-ins for your next meal.

Homemade Dressing

Sometimes, something as simple as a vinaigrette or dressing can upgrade the flavor of your dish from just OK to amazing! While we always suggest keeping a bottle of your favorite store-bought variety on hand, you can also make your own dressing using a few pantry ingredients: olive oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.

Make extra dressing to save in your fridge for later so that you can use it on other rice salads like our Quick Chicken, Rice and Veggies or Harvest Rice.