This rice salad is for all the herb lovers out there. It's for those occasions when basil, and mint, and cilantro are booming in your garden, or at the market. And it's a great way to use leftover rice (or other favorite grain). I'm not shy with the amount of herbs I use in relation to the quantity of rice here. I also load up with a generous amount of toasted coconut and never skimp on the peanuts. A bold boost of lime pulls everything together and keeps it all bright.
Rice Salad: Make it Easy
Aside from the chopping of the herbs, you can prep the components of this salad a couple of days ahead of time. Specifically, the rice, coconut, and peanuts. I like to wait until the day of to chop all the fresh herbs.
Rice Salad Variations
My preference is to make this recipe with brown jasmine rice, but use whatever rice you tend to keep on hand. Short grain brown rice is also great. You can also make a twist on rice salad by using any number of other grains - or a blend! Try farro, or quinoa, or even wheat berries if you come across them. Another favorite variation is adding roasted cherry tomatoes when they're in season. It really takes everything over the top in a great way. And if I have arugula on hand, you better believe a few handfuls of that is going in here as well.
More Rice Recipes
- A Simple Brown Rice Sushi Bowl
- Super Orange Citrus Rice
- Rainbow Cauliflower Rice Bowl
- Bryant Terry's Amazing Green Rice
- Kale Rice Bowl
Herbed Rice Salad with Peanuts
When they're in season, bake some roasted cherry tomatoes and add them to the salad just before serving. Amazing! And, you can use whatever rice you have on hand, but I like to use the wonderfully fragrant brown jasmine rice for this salad.
- 4 cups cooked rice, room-temperature
- 1 cup toasted coconut
- 1 cup chopped, toasted peanuts
- 3/4 loosely packed cup of EACH of the following: mint, basil, & cilantro leaves
- 2 small shallots, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste
- fine grain sea salt, to taste
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup plain yogurt
Ideally, you're going to want to toss this salad, just before serving. It keeps the herbs bright, and green. In a large bowl, combine the rice, coconut, peanuts, mint, basil, cilantro, and shallots. Season with the lime juice, and salt. Toss again.
Mash the garlic clove into a paste with a generous pinch of salt. Whisk the salted garlic into the yogurt, and drizzle generously over the salad, serving the rest on the side.