Rice Salad with Merguez and Preserved Lemon Dressing Recipe

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Goda Hepsø Modified: March 23, 2022
Rice Salad with Merguez and Preserved Lemon Dressing Recipe

How To Make Rice Salad with Merguez and Preserved Lemon Dressing

This savory rice salad is packed with spicy merguez sausages, all tossed in a medley of tomatoes, fennel, and picholine olives, for a filling lunch meal!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 18 minutes
Total: 28 minutes



  • 1cupjasmine rice
  • cupwater
  • salt
  • ½cupextra virgin olive oil
  • tbsplemon juice,fresh
  • ¼preserved lemon,(see Recipe Notes)
  • 2garlic clove,minced
  • 1tbspharissa
  • ¾tspground cumin
  • ½fennel bulb,cored and finely diced
  • cuppicholine olives,pitted
  • 1lbmerguez sausage
  • 10ozgrape tomatoes,(1 pint), halved
  • 1cupflat leaf parsley,coarsely chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the rice with the water and ½ teaspoon of salt.

  2. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat for about 18 minutes until the rice is tender. Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to a medium bowl.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk all but 1 teaspoon of the olive oil with the lemon juice, preserved lemon, garlic, harissa and cumin.

  4. Pour the dressing over the rice and toss well. Add the fennel and olives and season lightly with salt.

  5. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the merguez sausage and cook over moderately high heat for about 8 minutes, stirring once or twice, until browned and cooked through.

  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to the salad. Stir in the tomatoes and parsley.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Make Ahead: The rice salad can be prepared several hours ahead and served at room temperature.
  • Preserved lemons are a common Moroccan ingredient made from lemons that have been preserved in lemon juice and salt for several days, until very soft. Look for them at specialty food shops.


  • Calories: 545.41kcal
  • Fat: 41.03g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.09g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23.14g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.09g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.05g
  • Fiber: 2.29g
  • Sugar: 2.43g
  • Protein: 12.47g
  • Cholesterol: 43.85mg
  • Sodium: 767.31mg
  • Calcium: 59.80mg
  • Potassium: 452.35mg
  • Iron: 3.36mg
  • Vitamin A: 83.39µg
  • Vitamin C: 27.00mg
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