October 1, 2012

Caramelized Onion Rice with Tomatoes and Cucumber

At the end of the weekend, I find myself scrambling to use up the last of my CSA box. I pick my box up each Tuesday, so I try to eat the majority of the veggies from the previous week by Monday. Sometimes I end up eating the veggies raw, sometimes I end up throwing them all in a soup, and sometimes I end up roasting them and drizzling them with, you guessed it, Sriracha.

I was skimming through The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook, my newest favorite find at the library, when I noticed a recipe for Caramelized Onion Rice. I thought it sounded like a great side but could easily be amped up with a couple more vegetables.

FoodBuzz recently provided me with a tub of Texmati White Rice as part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker program with RiceSelect. I cracked it open and started cooking!

Caramelized Onion Rice with Tomatoes and Cucumber

Serves 4-6, as a side


  • 1 cup Texmati white rice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 small cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta, optional, for topping
  1. Cook rice according to package directions; remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add onions and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cumin and cook for an additional 2 minutes until fragrant; remove from heat.
  3. Add onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Gently toss until combined. Top with feta, if desired.

This side dish is incredibly easy to make. The caramelized onions give it a sweet touch that balances out the saltiness of the feta. While the rice is fluffy and tender, the cucumbers give it a nice crunch. Serve with your favorite veggie burger and top with grilled shrimp for a light, Summery dish. image

Yes, I’m still pretending it’s Summer. It’s 84* today, wouldn’t you?

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  • Megan

    I could get on board with this recipe once I omit the onions. 🙂

    • haha, the onions are what makes it!!! have you had caramelized onions? they are sooooo sweet

  • YUM!!!  I’d pair this with some shrimps and call it dinnah 🙂

    • that’s what i did last night for dinner!

  • itzyskitchen

    I was just going to type the same thing as Life’s a Bowl! I love caramelized onions! So delicious

  • April Johnson

    this sounds amazing! i am def going to have to make this soon!! 

  • Beautiful pics! 

    • thanks! they’re just iphone 5 pics!

  • Kerr

    Sometimes I get a little stressed out about eating all my CSa stuff. I hate to waste food so it turns into a race to finish by Monday night. Which I just did with my dinner of okra, sweet potato, squash, and cucumbers!

    • yep, it definitely stresses me out, ha. i end up on a roasting spree every sunday and monday

  • That looks so good!

  • I am so jealous that it’s still 84 degrees in Charleston! This rice dish looks delicious. I LOVE anything that contains lots of caramelized onions. Have you ever tried them on pizza?

    • it is HOT! come visit! yes, i’ve had them on pizza. amazing.

  • Laura Street

    This looks delish!!!!


  • I’m rarely patient enough to truly let onions caramelize, but I’ll give it a try because this looks good!

  • Molly M

    YUM…says the girl on a juice cleanse

  • Caramelized onions make everything better! This sounds perfect and really you can use any vegetables in here so that makes it a perfect side dish to use up the CSA leftovers at the end of the week!

  • Lgbaxter7

    What is texmati rice, I am Canadian and have never heard of this. What should I use in substutute of?

  • Ooh, I think I should get that Greens book. My husband has planted 8 rows of kale in our veggie patch. 8! I love the stuff but… with the silverbeet, spinach and arugula coming up…. yeah, you know where I’m going with this. 

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