I have good intentions when it comes to salad. Everyone knows that salad is the quintessential good-for-you dish. The Thin Ones have, “Just a salad, please” and the nutritionistas repeat the mantra, “Leafy greens, leafy greens, leeeeeafy greeeeeeeens…”
Occasionally I order a salad when I go out to eat and it’s fantastic. I do this just often enough that I’m continually tricked into believing that I’ll begin eating salads on a regular basis at home. My partner will tell you: I buy lettuces, spinach, carrots, onions and tomatoes with the best intentions of stuffing myself with healthy salads. And he ends up eating salad after salad in a mad dash to beat the spoilage. Well, he doesn’t eat the tomatoes. He doesn’t like those.
I did it again the other day. I bought spinach, feta cheese, Kalamata olives and a red onion. I was so excited to have myself a Greek salad, but then… meh. Even though all the ingredients were there I just didn’t want to eat them. As I scraped the remainder of my nutrient and flavor rich salad into the garbage I wondered what I could do to make this dish, that I’d bought all the ingredients for, appeal to me.
It appears that while I won’t eat a straight salad, I’m perfectly happy to eat it with a little brown rice added. Go figure.
Brown Rice Greek Salad
4 Cups Brown Rice, Cooked and Cooled
1 Large Handful of Spinach, Chopped Into Ribbons
4 oz. Feta Cheese, Crumbled
1/2 a Red Onion, Thinly Sliced
1 Tomato, Chopped
1/2 Cup Kalamata Olives, Halved
1/2 a Lemon, Juiced
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt to Taste(But be careful: you’ve got some salty ingredients in that bowl!)
Aaaand, mix it all together. How easy is that?
I used a short grain brown rice and a fig balsamic vinegar that I got at All Things Italian here in Bozeman. When they’re in season, a cubed cucumber would be a really nice addition. Use good, fresh ingredients in this salad and you can’t go wrong. In fact, I should have skipped the tomato until I have some growing on my patio or I can get them at the farmer’s market.