Mediterranean Rice Bowl with Zucchini Fritters

This satisfying, vegetarian rice bowl is layered with whole grain brown rice, fresh vegetables, feta cheese and crispy, homemade zucchini fritters for a hearty, meatless main dish.

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Mediterranean Rice Bowl with Zucchini Fritters

Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 2 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups diced cucumber
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup store-bought garlic hummus

Instructions

  • With crispy zucchini fritters, refreshing vegetables, crumbly feta cheese and whole grain brown rice, this tasty rice bowl has got it all!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Toss zucchini with salt in a medium bowl and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Transfer to a colander and squeeze out excess moisture. Return to bowl and stir in eggs, green onion, dill and garlic. In another bowl, stir together flour, Parmesan, baking powder, cumin and pepper. Stir dry mixture into zucchini mixture and combine to form a thick batter.

    Step 3

  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Working in batches, drop 2 tablespoons of batter into pan for each fritter. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until golden brown, adding remaining oil as needed. Drain on paper towel-lined tray.

    Step 4

  • Divide rice between 4 bowls. Top each with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and fritters. Garnish each bowl with a scoop of hummus.

    Recipe Tip

  • Substitute hummus with prepared Greek tzatziki sauce, if desired.

Zucchini-Time!

Do you love zucchini? Or, do you simply have extra on hand thanks to a bumper summer crop? If you’re looking to try something new and tasty that’s also meat free, this dish is an ideal option! 

This Mediterranean-inspired rice bowl is a filling and flavorful meal. It’s made with a base of whole grain brown rice topped with freshly sliced cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese and hummus. Served with crispy zucchini fritters, it’s an impressive, complete meal. 

If you’re looking for more bowls to add to your repertoire, try our Mediterranean Quinoa Tabouli bowl topped with a lemon vinaigrette. 

Fritter Tips

Although making these zucchini fritters might require a little effort, it’s definitely worth it! If you’ve never tried making them before, remember to squeeze as much water out of your zucchini as you can in Step 2. The water in zucchini needs to be drained in order for your fritters to crisp up. The seasonings used in the recipe will give your zucchini flavor while the egg works as a binder to keep everything together. Once fried, remove your fritters from the oil onto a paper-towel lined plate to absorb any excess oil before enjoying.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll have crisp, golden, delicious fritters in no time!