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: 4.5 stars 63
This wild rice salad is 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; it's very versatile. If in season, try substituting black cherries for the grapes.

Rice Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 40
This rice salad is a great summer salad in place of potato salad, or any time of year!

Mexican Bean and Rice Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 261
Quick, fresh and tasty. I love the ingredients of this recipe.
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Artichoke Rice Salad

Rating: 4 stars 65
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 4
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: 4.5 stars 55
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 stars 67
This is a tasty rice salad with lots of fresh green veggies.

Eastern Rice Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 71
A fresh Eastern style rice salad with lots of vegetables!

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.

Insalata di Riso (Italian Rice Salad)

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
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.

Greek Rice Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 58
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.

Amazing Mexican Quinoa Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 59
An extremely yummy, spicy, Mexican quinoa 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.

Inspiration and Ideas

13 Top-Rated Rice Salads
Replace the pasta salad you have on rotation for this gluten-free alternative. The best part: pre-cooked rice makes for a meal in minutes.
Cold Rice Salad
Rating: Unrated 12
Either you like it or hate, it but at least try it! Serve with fruit and rolls.
Cold Wild Rice Salad
Rating: 5 stars 1

A refreshing, delicious, colorful wild rice salad that is served cold. Great as a main dish or side dish.