Lebanese Rice Salad

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Colorful Lebanese rice salad is perfect for summer barbecues and quick lunches full of crunchy vegetables, hearty grains, and zesty homemade dressing.

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The best part of summer (besides the sunshine) is the abundance of fresh vegetables at the farmers market. I am obsessed with browsing the aisles and having my pick of tomatoes, blueberries, cucumbers, peppers, and more!

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Summertime also means outdoor barbecues with friends and family. This rice salad makes a colorful addition to any table – and it’s tasty too!

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I really enjoy taking traditional flavors and ingredients from my childhood and using them in new ways. This salad is my latest example, but check out a few of my other favorite family recipes like Shish Tawook Chicken, Authentic Lebanese Falafel, and Lebanese Stuffed Kousa Squash.

How to Make Lebanese Rice Salad

cooking rice in a pot

Break the vermicelli into smaller pieces and toast in the pan with a small amount of oil until brown and crispy.

a pot with rice being added to it

Cook the rice separately and mix together. You can either use brown or white rice – whatever you have on hand is just fine.

stirring rice

While the rice and vermicelli is cooking, prepare vegetables before mixing together with the dressing.

mixing lebanese rice salad in a bowl

I like to mix it together while the rice and vermicelli is still hot to help the flavors meld quicker. You can set the rice and vermicelli aside to cool first if you prefer.

chickpeas in a bowl

Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas well before adding to the salad and mixing all together. Chill for about a half hour before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute the vegetables?

Absolutely! You can switch out the veggies to whatever you have on hand or your family prefers. I also love using bell peppers and radishes.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, it will last in the fridge for 5 days in an air tight container.

Is this salad best served hot or cold?

It’s best served cold to keep the veggies and vermicelli crunchy.

This Lebanese Rice Salad is going to be your new summer staple! Serve with Garlic Soy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak, Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts, or Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers.

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Lebanese Rice Salad

5 stars average
Delicious warm, cold or room temperature, this Lebanese rice salad is made with fresh herbs and crunchy veggies then tossed in a lemon garlic vinaigrette.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
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Servings4

Recipe Video

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups Lebanese Rice Pilaf (cooked (or any leftover cooked rice))
  • 2 cups canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 scallions (minced)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 medium carrot (peeled and diced)
  • ½ cup minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Begin by preparing Lebanese Rice Pilaf by following this recipe. Alternatively, you can also use any leftover rice you have on hand.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together the cooked rice (hot or cold) along with all remaining ingredients. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly by adding more salt, pepper, garlic, lemon or olive oil. Make it your own! Serve hot, room temperature or chilled.

Notes

To make this dish gluten free, prepare the rice without the vermicelli. 
This dish will keep well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 250mgPotassium: 385mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3470IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 2mg

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2 responses to “Lebanese Rice Salad”

  1. Autumn Sadd Avatar
    Autumn Sadd

    I grew up on Syrian rice and Syrian salad but have never combined the two. I just finished a bowl of this Syrian Rice salad and it is delicious!! I used red bell pepper in place of the carrots, white onion in place of the scallions, and avocado oil in place of the olive oil. It is soo good. I cannot wait to share with my family. Thank you for all your wonderful Syrian and Lebanese recipes that let me taste and share my heritage with my children.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this!!! I hadn’t done it before either but was obsessed!! It’s even better the next day!

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.