Greek-Style Lemon Rice

Greek Lemon Rice

While it is true that Indian cuisine is my passion, I enjoy traveling around the world in my kitchen, whether I am making more traditional dishes or coming up with fusion-style creations. This time around, I was dreaming of an escape from the winter wonderland that officially is called spring currently.

This lemony Greek rice with olives and herbs proved to be a fine accompaniment to a Greek themed meal that I planned a while back. It's very easy to make but the flavor is rather bold and fancy. Next time you are planning a homage to Mediterranean cuisine, considering dishing this one up. I found it to be a fine accompaniment to gigantes aimmered in a garlicky tomato aauce. Serve a Greek salad to complete the meal and the Greek dining experience.

Greek-Style Lemon RiceGreek-Style Lemon Rice
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Cuisine: Greek
Published on March 26, 2014

Simple lemon white rice with Greek seasonings and black olives — an easy and delicious side for any Mediterranean meal

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes

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  • 1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • juice from 1 lemon (3 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Toss in the shallots and stir for a few minutes to soften. Add the rinsed rice and pour in the water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed — 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and let the rice stand undisturbed for 5 minutes. Add the dill, mint, oregano, lemon juice, olives and salt and pepper. Toss together with a fork. Let sit for another 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

  • Serve warm, garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

Makes 6 side servings

Greek Rice with Lemon and Olives

Other Greek inspired dishes to try from Lisa's Kitchen:
Classic Greek Salad
Gigantes Bean Tomato Casserole
Leek and Rye Berry Salad with Halloumi Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Olives


Anonymous said...

Lemon rice is an all time favorite in my family. lOVE the idea of adding herbs to it. Will give it a try next time.

Anonymous said...

GREAT recipe. Simple change of pace that was super easy to make and very tasty! Will definite add it to my "go to" recipes.

Unknown said...

What a lovely coincidence, I made something like this yesterday, with feta too. Great recipe Lisa x