Arugula & Brown Rice Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 23, 2022
When we have company, arugula with brown rice is always on the menu. It’s my go-to pick for the potluck and party circuit, and I'm always sharing the recipe. —Mindy Oswalt, Winnetka, California
Arugula & Brown Rice Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (8.8 ounces) ready-to-serve brown rice
  • 7 cups fresh arugula or baby spinach (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Heat rice according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl; cool slightly.
  2. Stir arugula, beans, cheese, basil and cherries into rice. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

2 cups: 473 calories, 22g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 574mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 7g fiber), 13g protein.