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Healthy Vegetarian Meals For Summer

By Laura Cokherell

Here are some quick and easy cold rice salad recipes for summer. These are flavorful and healthy recipes and make perfect summer meals quickly and, because of their easy preparation, you will be in and out of the kitchen in no time. Enjoy these simple recipes anytime. They are great meals for vegetarians or anyone looking for healthy meal choices.

Each recipe makes 2 to 3 servings.

Preparation Directions: For easy preparation, make the rice ahead of time and allow to cool before adding the rest of the salad ingredients. Just combine all the ingredients together in a bowl with salt and pepper to taste, cover, and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

Summer Basmati Rice Salad: Combine in a bowl and mix well: 2 cups cooked and cooled brown basmati rice, one-half cup canned cannellini beans (rinsed and drained), one-half cup snow peas (raw or lightly steamed), one-half cup sweet red pepper (medium dice), one-quarter cup black pitted olives (sliced), 4 cups baby spinach leaves, 2 tablespoons olive oil (or to taste), and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (or to taste). To serve: Serve this cold rice salad in bowls or on plates.

Avocado Tomato Rice Salad: Combine in a bowl and mix well: 2 cups cooked and cooled wild rice, one-half cup sliced water chestnuts, one-half cup avocado (cubed), 1 large scallion (thinly sliced), one-quarter cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil, drained and chopped), and red wine vinegar (to taste). To serve: Serve salad on a bed of romaine lettuce leaves.

Mexican Brown Rice Salad: Combine in a bowl and mix well: 2 cups cooked and cooled brown rice, one-quarter cup pitted black olive (chopped), one-half cup roasted red peppers (roughly chopped), bottled jalapeno slices (to taste) (chopped ), 2 tablespoons cilantro (roughly chopped), one-half cup salsa, and one-quarter cup sour cream. To serve: For each serving, place salad greens on a plate, then place the salad on the greens and finally take some baked tortilla chips and tuck them under the salad greens all around the edge of the plate. Finally, crumble a couple more chips and sprinkle over the top of each salad serving.

Laura Cokherell, an avid cook, maintains her site at, offering easy solutions to meal preparation for everything from breakfast to dessert, including these easy summer meals. Creating fresh and healthy meals has never been easier or faster with these quick recipes that use just a few ingredients, simple preparation, and natural food.

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