UNCLE BEN'S® Ready Rice® serves as the base for an extremely versatile salad perfectly suited to accompany any meal! The Original Rice can become the Ready Basmati Rice or Whole Grain Brown Rice, dried cranberries can become golden raisins, pecans can become pistachios or walnuts, celery can become water chestnuts or apples! Use your imagination!


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 30 mins
1 hr 45 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Microwave rice according to package instructions; refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  • Place rice in serving bowl. Add celery, dried cranberries, pecans, green onions, and red onions. Stir in mayonnaise.

  • Whisk together white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, and garlic.

  • Toss rice salad with vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to blend.

Cook's Note:

If you can't find blood orange white balsamic vinegar, substitute another fruity-type vinegar.

Just before serving I add a few dashes of the flavored balsamic vinegar or extra vinaigrette for an extra punch.

Nutrition Facts

281 calories; protein 2.2g; carbohydrates 27.6g; fat 18.6g; cholesterol 1.3mg; sodium 87.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Had to make a couple adjustments based on availability otherwise made as written. The store was out of the Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Long Grain so I used Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Jasmine. Couldn't find blood orange white balsamic vinegar so I used Trader Joe's Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar for the vinaigrette (worked for me!). Interesting combination with that little bit of mayonnaise coating the rice so nicely and then tossed with the orange vinaigrette at the end. You get a nice pop of sweetness from the cranberries and a little crunch from the celery and pecans. All layers of flavor are in harmony with not one dominating. Would't change a thing in this recipe it was delicious today served with grilled fresh Gulf shrimp. Marianne thanks for creating this recipe thumbs up!! Read More