Rice Salad Recipes

Fill-you-up salads that are light and refreshing. We've got dozens of recipes, using all your favorite ingredients.

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Wild Rice Salad

Rating: 4.61 stars
Easy to make and tastes wonderful. You can use either turkey or chicken. You can serve it plain, on salad greens, or in a pita. Very versatile. If in season, try substituting black cherries for the grapes.

Rice Salad

Rating: 4.53 stars
This rice salad is a great summer salad in place of potato salad, or any time of year!

Mexican Bean and Rice Salad

Rating: 4.37 stars
Quick, fresh and tasty. I love the ingredients of this recipe.
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Artichoke Rice Salad

Rating: 4.22 stars
This is a recipe of my mother's, and has always been one of my favorites. Prepare the night before, and serve chilled.

TK's Forbidden Black Rice Salad

Rating: 5 stars
This fresh, delicious, and healthy dish is loved by everyone at first bite. It is made with forbidden rice, which has been eaten in China for centuries. It's full of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and flavor. It somehow manages to give one a sense of well-being, peace, and energy at the same time. It is filling without leaving you with a feeling of being stuffed. Delicious! Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Nutty Brown Rice Salad

Rating: 4.47 stars
This delicious cold rice salad has the great flavors of brown rice, fresh veggies, and chopped raw almonds. This has replaced high fat, low nutrition picnic salads in this household.
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Rice, Asparagus and Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.22 stars
This is a tasty rice salad with lots of fresh green veggies.

Eastern Rice Salad

Rating: 4.49 stars
A fresh Eastern style rice salad with lots of vegetables!

Insalata di Riso (Italian Rice Salad)

Rating: 4.5 stars
Traditional cold rice salad is considered fast food in Italy, used for picnics and lunches on the go. Great for hot days when you don't want to heat up the kitchen. Add a few drops of your favorite hot pepper sauce for a dash of spice if you like. Many Italians add a few tablespoons of mayonnaise at the end.

Mediterranean Rice Salad with Vegetables

This colorful Mediterranean rice salad is a great summertime dish. I used fresh zucchini, carrots, and bell peppers, but you can add any vegetable you like. Replace rice with couscous, farro, or barley, if you prefer.

Amazing Mexican Quinoa Salad

Rating: 4.56 stars
Extremely yummy, spicy marinated salad that will keep in the fridge for up to a week! My kids in university love packing this up for their lunch. You have everything you need for a very healthy meal in one dish! Substitute barley for the brown rice if desired. Turtle beans can be substituted for kidney beans.

Greek Rice Salad

Rating: 4.52 stars
Delicious. The avocado makes the dressing a little creamy, though feel free to leave it out if you wish. Best made the same day you are going to serve it.

Inspiration and Ideas

Insalata di Riso (Italian Rice Salad)

"Traditional cold rice salad is considered fast food in Italy, used for picnics and lunches on the go. Many Italians add a few tablespoons of mayonnaise." – Buckwheat Queen

Spicy Forbidden Rice Salad

"The sauce works perfectly with the nutty flavour of the black rice. I imagine that with brown rice this would be quite good too." – Buckwheat Queen

Black Bean and Wild Rice Salad

Rating: 4.52 stars

I love this cold salad as a light lunch or dinner, or as a side dish in the summer or fall. The orange and herb vinaigrette is really delicious! Dried cherries are a tasty substitution for the dried cranberries. And pecans work well if you don't have cashews.