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Mediterranean Salad, red cherry tomatoes, black olives in grey bowl

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala – Step inside the Live Well Kitchen for a simple salad recipe that can be used as a side dish or as a main dish. Live Well Alabama’s Mediterranean Salad is full of vegetables and delicious dressing for a light but satisfying course.

“This is one of my favorite recipes to make ahead for the week. It gets better as the flavors meld together in the refrigerator! It’s versatile too. I like to make it with quinoa for even more fiber and protein, and mint for added freshness.”

-Katie Funderburk, Alabama SNAP-Ed Coordinator  


  • 1 ½ cups dry brown rice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • One lemon, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pro Tips

If using bottled lemon juice, start with two tablespoons and add more if desired.


  1. Cook rice according to package instructions and let cool.
  2. Mix olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in a bowl.
  3. Mix the cooled brown rice and all other ingredients in another bowl.
  4. Stir in olive oil mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


Want to learn more? Step-by-step instructions for the Mediterranean Salad recipe and an instructional video are available at LiveWellAlabama.com.

Live Well Alabama

Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our recipes are great for getting kids to help in the kitchen,” Funderburk said. “Kids are more likely to try new foods when they helped make them.”

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget-friendly.

For more information about Live Well Alabama and to find more Live Well Alabama recipes, visit www.LiveWellAlabama.com. Also, check out more Live Well Alabama tips and recipes on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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