This easy recipe for Bell Pepper Rice Salad with feta is as tasty as it is simple! Rice salad is a great side dish to serve at a BBQ and goes so well with grilled chicken, pork and fish. The dressing for this rice salad is a simple combo of olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano and salt and pepper, with extra flavour coming in from the feta cheese, chopped parsley and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Serve this at your next BBQ or cookout!
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- Step by Step: How to make Cold rice salad with Bell Pepper & Feta
- Frequently Asked Questions: Bell Pepper Rice Salad Recipe
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I think we can all probably agree that one of the greatest things about Summertime is being able to bring out the BBQ. There’s something special about cooking food outdoors, with friends and family gathered around and the sun shining. The food doesn’t have to be fancy, in fact often, the more simple the better. Instead, it is the love that goes into preparing and cooking BBQ food, as well as the atmosphere of everyone sitting around a table digging into different dishes, sharing jokes, pouring drinks and making memories, that makes a Summer BBQ a magical experience.
And BOOM, back to reality (OOP there goes gravity). It’s lockdown and I still have to keep 2 meters away from everyone I love. Making a quick brew at a friends house a near impossibility, never mind a well-orchestrated BBQ garden party. Sigh 🥺
Thankfully during lockdown, I have spent most of my time, while not working as a nurse in ICU, daydreaming about food, crafting new recipes and cooking like there’s no tomorrow. I am poised and ready to re-enter the world and feed my friends and family like they have been starving since the beginning of March.
This is where this little recipe comes in! This Bell Pepper Rice Salad with Feta is the ideal BBQ side dish to pretty much anything you can throw on the grill. Think steak, spicy chicken, pork chops, fish (salmon in particular), cheese (you know I’m talking about halloumi) and veggies like sweetcorn and mushrooms.
The real beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. Cook rice. Chop veggies. Make dressing. Throw it all together. Job done. This rice salad can be served cold and, on top of that, it stores really well. So you can make it in advance, store it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat, and in the meantime, you can focus on all the good stuff you are throwing on the BBQ. Or that ice-cold G&T that tastes particularly sweet as you sit in the sunshine with your feet up. I know where I’d be… 👀🍹
Step by Step: How to make Cold rice salad with Bell Pepper & Feta
Time needed: 25 minutes.
- Prepare your veggies
Chop your peppers, shallots and parsley. Crumble your feta cheese.
- Cook your rice
Cook your rice as per the packet instructions. Then drain and allow to cool.
- Make the dressing
Combine all of the dressing ingredients.
- Toss everything together
Combine the rice, veggies, cheese, pumpkin seeds and dressing. Serve straight away or store in the fridge until ready to use.
Frequently Asked Questions: Bell Pepper Rice Salad Recipe
Transfer the prepared rice salad to a Tupperware container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Not really. Because the rice salad contains lots of fresh ingredients freezing those fresh ingredients will make them soft and mushy when they thaw.
Yes! Simply omit the feta cheese. You can replace it with a vegan substitute or leave it out entirely.
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This cold rice salad recipe is the perfect Summer side dish! Ideal for BBQ’s and cookouts, it goes well with meat, fish and grilled veggies.
- 250 grams wholegrain rice
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 2 shallots, diced
- 20 grams parsley, chopped
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 150 grams feta
For the dressing
- Cook your rice as per packet instructions. Drain and leave to cool slightly.
- Chop you peppers, shallots and parsley. Crumble the feta.
- Prepare the dressing by combining the olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
- Combine the rice, vegetables, parsley, feta and pumpkin seeds in the bowl with the dressing. Toss everything together until it is coated with dressing. Serve and enjoy!
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