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Greek Spinach Rice

This rice dish is bursting with the flavors of the Mediterranean -- garlic, lemon, mint, oregano and olive oil!!  It's also quick and easy to prepare and works as an entree topped with your favorite protein such as chickpeas or an egg.  Or use it as a side dish for any meal.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean, Vegan
Keyword healthy side dish, spinach, whole grains
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 245kcal
Author Lyn Croyle


  • 1 # fresh spinach
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 leek white part only chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped mint
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon sliced (for serving)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • Water as needed 2-3 cups


  • Wash spinach leaves and then chop into smaller pieces with a knife or a food processor.
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and saute for 1-2 minutes then add the garlic and saute another 60 seconds.
  • Next, add thyme, oregano and mint and saute an additional minute, long enough to heat spices and mint to wilt.
  • Add rice and stir to coat rice with oil.. Add the wine, turn up heat and bring to a boil.
  • When wine boils, add veggie broth and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 25 minutes. When almost all the water is absorbed, add the chopped spinach. Cook an additional 5 minutes. Check rice, if water is absorbed but not tender, add a bit more liquid and continue cooking until rice is tender.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with lemon wedges and fresh mint.


Top with a sprinkle of feta cheese, toasted walnuts or a fried egg. Or use as a side dish alongside your favorite protein and veggie!!
Nutrition is calculated on six servings.  If you decide to use it as an entree it will make 3-4 servings and you will need to account for the larger serving size.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 612mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 7400IU | Vitamin C: 33.8mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 7mg