Ingredients

  • 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

Middle Eastern Rice Salad

  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.
  2. Remove from heat, and stir in chickpeas, cumin, and salt. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Combine rice, onion-chickpea mixture, dates, mint, and parsley in a large bowl. Toss well until thoroughly combined.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.