Lemon rice

The other day I was feeling a bit sluggish: I had over eaten and it was super hot so I wasn’t feeling like eating much and certainly I didn’t want to eat anything heavy. So I decided to go for some simple white rice and then spice it up with some herbs and lemon.

Super basic but it was incredibly good. The lemon juice really made it pop and I was surprised by how flavorful it was. I think this will become one of my favorite detox dishes!!

Lemon rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Lemon rice


  • 3-4 oz rice per person
  • lemon juice
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh herbs (parsley, chive, cilantro...)
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Boil your rice until al dente. For this dish you want your rice to have some bite and you do not want it to be sticky at all so short grain rice like you would use to cook risotto works best.
  2. When the rice is cooked, drain it and dress it with a vinaigrette you have prepared by mixing the juice of 1 lemon, 1 table spoon olive oil, chopped aromatic herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything well and enjoy. The lemon flavor is strongest right after pouring the dressing on the rice, so dress the rice right before eating!!
  3. The lemon will make the rice really pop and take this simple dish to another level.

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  3. Kimby says:

    Pola, I thought I'd commented on this delightful recipe the first time I read this post; now I remembered why I didn't — I went straight to my kitchen and MADE IT! lol. Good stuff, girl!

  4. Carina says:

    This looks and sounds wonderful! What a perfect side dish for summer!!

  5. Manu says:

    What a great idea for a light yet flavoursome dish! I like it!!! Even lighter than a classic insalata di riso! Perfect for summer!

  6. Rita D K Simmons says:

    Yum! That sounds delicious, great recipe.

  7. Frank says:

    Yes, we all need to detox once in a while, and this is certainly a fine way to do it!

  8. Ruth says:

    This looks delicious. It would be a great side dish for chicken!

  9. Erin says:

    This is a great side dish! I love rice, but hubby always says how boring it is. this sounds great!

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