Get every color on your plate for lunch with a bowl of this fresh Rice and Chickpea Salad made even quicker with Carolina® Ready to Heat Jasmine Rice microwavable Rice ready in 90 seconds!
Prepare rice according to package directions; let cool. In a large bowl, toss together rice, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Stir in chickpeas, tomatoes, yellow peppers, cucumbers and parsley.
Sticking to your eating habits has never been easier with this veggie-packed rice and chickpea salad. Use it as a delicious side or bring it with you on-the-go as a filling lunch that keeps you energized.
This rice bowl is too easy not to bring with you to your next event or as an individual lunch salad. Simply prepare the chopped vegetables and dressing, warm up your rice in 90 seconds, mix all together and voilá. You may have to bring a bit extra as everyone will be wanting to try a bite.
Not a fan of yellow peppers, no problem, swap them out for another vegetable like shredded carrot or red cabbage. Make these salads your own by mixing in your favorite chopped vegetables with rice and chickpeas. Feel free to add in cheese like feta or sliced avocado for a creamy texture. For a crunch, mix in nuts or seeds.
Make it even heartier by adding in more protein like shredded rotisserie chicken, smoked salmon or hard-boiled eggs. If you’re looking for a hearty salad idea try out this jasmine rice and spiralized vegetable salad.
Give this salad a nice Asian inspired taste by swapping out the lemon juice and parsley with ½ tbsp of soy sauce and ½ tbsp of sesame oil topped with sesame seeds. Make sure to use the original amount of olive oil. Or, try a zesty Mexican-inspired rice salad by adding in corn and instead of lemon juice use a combination of cumin, lime juice and garlic.
After your meal, treat yourself to an uncomplicated dessert like a simple slow cooker rice pudding. Find ideas like this and more in our Cooking section.