Greek Beet and Watermelon Rice Salad

This Greek-inspired jasmine rice salad with beet and watermelon delivers delicious, fresh and tangy flavors that are sure to please your taste buds.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Success® Jasmine Rice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced, cooked golden beets
  • 1 cup thinly sliced watermelon
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pitted black olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, toasted and chopped

Instructions

  • This fresh summer salad is a great addition to any meal or outdoor barbecue. Tossed with aromatic and fluffy Success® Jasmine Rice it’s hearty, filling and sure to impress.

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

  • Whisk together oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

    Step3

  • Add rice to bowl with dressing and stir to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Transfer rice to a serving platter. Lay beet slices down one side of rice. Lay watermelon slices down opposite side. Top with feta, olives, red onion and mint. Garnish with walnuts.

    Recipe Tips

    Substitute capers for olives, if preferred.

    To diminish the “raw” flavor of onions, soak them in ice water for at least 5 minutes before using them in your recipe.

    Feel free to use roasted, boiled, steamed or grilled beets in this recipe.

Watermelon … Salad!

Fruit salad is nothing new. Not when you’re talking about using fruits such as oranges, cherries or grapes, like in our Roasted Grape and Feta Salad. Still, you might be unsure about how to add watermelon to a savory dish. Although it may sound unusual, the pairing of sweet watermelon, tangy feta cheese, refreshing mint, crunchy, earthy beets, nuts, and chilled, fluffy rice is a winning combination!

The use of jasmine rice in this dish also offers a hint of floral, sweet flavor and will keep you feeling full. Make this recipe for a tasty side dish on a hot summer night or bring it to an outdoor barbecue to share!

To serve a crowd, double the ingredient amounts because this dish is sure to be gone in a flash!

Simple Dressing

Want more salad ideas for fresh spring and summer produce? First, you’ll need a simple dressing to tie everything together! This recipe calls for a mixture of just 4 ingredients: oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Save more of this dressing and make another refreshing dish, like a plate of Roasted Beet “Carpaccio” with Quinoa or a Quinoa Tabouli.

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