Mediterranean Spinach Rice Recipe

Spinach rice turns rice into a classy side dish! Garlic, dill and feta cheese bring big flavor to this Mediterranean-style dish.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes 

Yield: 4 to 6

Ingredients For Mediterranean Spinach Rice Recipe 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cups (5 ounces) baby spinach (or chopped standard spinach)
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, optional
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
Instructions For Mediterranean Spinach Rice Recipe 
  1. Mince the garlic. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute until fragrant (but not browned).
  3. Add spinach and cook until it wilts, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups water and bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  5. Add the rice, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  6. Make sure it’s simmering, then cover and cook for 15 minutes, uncovering and checking every so often to make sure that the heat is not too high.
  7. After 15 minutes, check to make sure the water is completely cooked out (if not, cook a minute or two longer but it should be done by this point).
  8. Remove the heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.
  9. Uncover and fluff with a fork, then stir in the lemon juice and chopped dill.
  10. Top with feta crumbles and serve.

Serves 4

Calories Per Serving: 235


8%Total Fat 5.9g

Saturated Fat 2g

14%Total Carbohydrate 39.4g

5%Dietary Fiber 1.5g

Sugars 0.6g

12%Protein 5.8g

20%Vitamin A 177.9µg

12%Vitamin C 10.5mg

8%Calcium 98.1mg

8%Iron 1.4mg

0%Vitamin D 0.1µg

10%Magnesium 42.1mg

6%Potassium 265.7mg

12%Vitamin B6 0.2mg

7%Vitamin B12 0.2µg

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