Shrimp and Rice Salad ~ Greek Style

Warmer days seem to call for lighter meals ~

I had some leftover brown rice from the day before ...
so I warmed it gently, added a few ingredients ...
Some lightly sauteed diced onion, green bell pepper, poached shrimp . . .
Kalamata olives, marinated artichoke hearts, cubed feta cheese, grilled red sweet peppers,toasted pine nuts and plenty of fresh oregano.
The dressing was simply the juice of a whole lemon (or two), a little fresh lemon zest extra virgin olive oil and a generous amount of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
All ingredients (except shrimp) tossed well,
then plated up, with shrimp arranged on top.
A light sprinkle of Piment D'Espelette* as a finishing touch.
A very quick and satisfying dinner ~ and no real recipe needed!
One of my favorite spices:

* Piment D'Espelette

The fiery dried, ground red pepper from the Basque country ~
It is a must-have ingredient in my pantry.
Marvelous added to marinades, in dry rubs and sprinkled on anything to be roasted. Mayonnaise mingles very nicely with Espelette pepper -
excellent sprinkled on deviled eggs or into potato or pasta salads.
A dusting on your favorite savory sandwich or bruschetta adds a bright flavor spike.
Try an egg fried in extra virgin olive oil seasoned with Espelette pepper ~ perfection!


  1. Mari, this looks delicious! The hot summer days of Texas are just about upon us - this looks perfect! Gorgeous!

  2. me some...I am coming over!
    OMG that looks so delicious!

  3. That looks delish and so easy too. What a great summer meal.

  4. That salad is gorgeous. I am sure it tastes just as amazing as it looks!

  5. Drool-a-licious!!! Why do I look at food blogs after dinner and wonder why I am still hungry!

  6. Beautiful, and it sounds so great. I've never heard of that spice. If I buy some, will my food look and taste as good as yours? I'm going to try it! laurie

  7. Now this looks scrumptious..Take out the olives and for me this would be perfect to eat. I'm going to search for the spice.

    Have a Great Day-


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