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Middle Eastern Rice Salad

Healthy Carb Side Dish: Middle Eastern Rice Salad

Middle Easter Rice Salad
Recipe Type: Side Order
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Author: Valarie Emich
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 Vidalia or other sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Remove from heat, and stir in chickpeas, cumin, and salt. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Combine rice, onion-chickpea mixture, dates, mint, and parsley in a large bowl. Toss well until thoroughly combined. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 380 Fat: 9 Saturated fat: 1 Unsaturated fat: 6.5 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 67 Sodium: 360 Fiber: 8 Protein: 8 Cholesterol: 0

Give this rice salad a try!  It’s packed with healthy carbs and is sure to provide energy for those tough workouts!

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