Rice salad with roasted courgette, pine nuts and mint

Rice salad with roasted courgette, pine nutsRisotto rice is a great substitute for pasta in salads. Feta cheese is low in lactose and should be tolerated by most individuals with a sensitive gut.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 medium-sized courgettes, cut into 5cm lengths

2 tbsp olive oil

200g risotto rice

500ml vegetable stock

40g pine nuts

juice of a large lemon

salt and black pepper, to taste

100g feta crumbled

1 tbsp of mint, chopped

Method

1.     Preheat the oven to 200°C/R6. Toss the courgettes in the olive oil and place on a baking tray at the top of the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are soft and beginning to brown.

2.     Place the rice in a saucepan and add the stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 12 minutes until soft. Allow to cool. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until golden.

3.     When the courgettes are cooked, remove from the oven and add to the pine nuts and rice. Squeeze over the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

4.     Add the feta and mint and mix well. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge until required.

Why not… pack up one quarter of this salad in a lunchbox and keep cool until lunchtime?

Recipe and image courtesy of www.loveyourgut.com

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