Mediterranean Layered Rice Salad

Mediterranean Layered Rice Salad RecipesRecipe

Yield:

Makes About 8 Servings

Recipe from

Mahatma and Carolina Rice

Ingredients

1 cup Mahatma® or Carolina® Whole Grain Brown Rice, uncooked
2 tablespoons Canola oil
2 cups mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup fresh chives, snipped
1 1/2 cups low-fat Italian Balsamic dressing, divided
2 green onions, chopped
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched and drained
2 red peppers, chopped
1 cup mild reduced fat Provolone (or Cheddar cheese), shredded
1 package (12 oz.) frozen green peas, thawed

Preparation

Prepare rice as directed. Let stand for 5 minutes to cool.

In non-stick skillet, heat oil and add mushrooms. Sauté stirring frequently until mushrooms are browned and all liquid has evaporated.

Combine rice with mushrooms and chives. Gently mix 1/2 cup dressing with rice-mushroom mixture. Place one-half of rice mixture in bottom of large glass serving bowl. Layer broccoli, red peppers, and green onions. Drizzle 1/2 cup dressing over vegetables. Top with remaining rice mixture.

Layer peas, tomatoes, and drizzle with remaining 1/2 cup dressing. Top with cheese.

Helpful Hint:
This salad can be prepared early in the day or the day before and refrigerated until ready to use.