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Brown rice salad with tomatoes and sugar snap peas

Total Time
25 min
15 min
10 min
This summery salad is a fabulous addition to any al fresco meal or holiday barbecue. The lemon juice and zest, dill, and juicy tomatoes are a mouth-watering combination that adds freshness to the nutty brown rice. Stirring sugar snaps into the hot rice, heats them up just enough to heighten their color and intrinsic sweetness while keeping them nice and crunchy. You could substitute snow peas if preferred. Some fat-free feta cheese crumbles sprinkled over each serving would be a lovely way to garnish this.


Uncooked instant brown rice

1½ cup(s)

Sugar snap peas

1 cup(s), whole, ends snipped, cut into 3 or 4 pieces each

Lemon zest

1 tsp, freshly grated

Fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp


2 Tbsp


¼ cup(s), fresh, chopped, or less to taste

Olive oil

2 Tbsp, extra virgin

Table salt

¾ tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp, freshly ground

Grape tomatoes

1 cup(s), cut in half


1 cup(s), diced

Red onion

¼ cup(s), sliced, chopped


1 item(s), large, cut into wedges


  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Remove pan from heat and drain any excess liquid. Stir sugar snap peas into hot rice and let cool slightly, tossing occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, water, dill, oil, salt and pepper until blended. Add rice mixture, tomatoes, cucumber and onion; toss to mix and coat.
  3. Let rice salad cool to room temperature before serving with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Or cover and refrigerate up to 1 day but make sure to bring up to room temperature before serving. Yields about 1 cup per serving.