Mediterranean Rice Salad
Rice is easily overcooked and overdressed. To greatly improve rice salad, add lively Mediterranean flavors and toast the rice to ensure separate, fluffy grains.
Why This Recipe Works
The success of many Mediterranean rice salad recipes relies on perfectly cooked rice. Medium- or short-grain rice was too starchy and clumped up, so our recipe calls for long-grain, flavorful basmati rice. Toasting the grains before boiling them lent our Mediterranean Rice Salad a pleasing nuttiness and guaranteed that the rice wouldn’t clump or break apart. Too much dressing made our Mediterranean Rice Salad greasy and heavy, so we dressed it lightly with an assertive vinaigrette.