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Hummus-and-Rice Fritters with Mediterranean Salad

Photo: Grant Cornett; Styling: Angharad Bailey
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield Serves 4
When using flour as a binder for things that are not baked, such as these pan-seared fritters, the finer grade of cake flour yields a creamier texture in the cooked product. If you don't have it, don't sweat it: You can just use all-purpose.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups precooked packaged brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
  • 1 cup prepared traditional hummus (such as Sabra Classic Hummus)
  • 3 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 7 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup diagonally cut slices seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 348
  • fat 20.8 g
  • satfat 4.2 g
  • monofat 10.1 g
  • polyfat 4 g
  • protein 9.6 g
  • carbohydrate 32.3 g
  • fiber 6.3 g
  • cholesterol 3 mg
  • iron 2.2 mg
  • sodium 551 mg
  • calcium 40 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place first 5 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 4 (1/4-cup) batter mounds to pan, pressing each with the back of a spatula to flatten slightly. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden and thoroughly cooked. Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with 2 teaspoons oil and remaining batter. Sprinkle fritters with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  2. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, lemon juice, and black pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and onion; toss gently to coat. Arrange about 1 cup salad, 2 fritters, and 1 tablespoon goat cheese on each of 4 plates. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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