Make Ahead

Fruited Rice Salad

June 21, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Serves 6 - 8
Author Notes

This is my version of a delicious salad one of the vendors at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market sold a few years ago. —mrslarkin

Test Kitchen Notes

The orange goes well and bring everything all together. It also ages well—when I put it in the fridge the rice soak up the dressing, which I liked it a lot. —Stephanie Bourgeois

What You'll Need
  • For the dressing
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the salad
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice (I like short grain the best), room temperature or slightly warm, but not cold or super hot
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries or fresh pomegranate arils, or a mixture of both
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans (or crumbled in your hand if you're lazy like me)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped flat leaf (Italian) parsley, and maybe some mint, too, if you like mint in your food
  1. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Taste for salt. Set aside. I prefer my salads not sopping wet, so make extra dressing if you like it a little wetter.
  2. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing. Mix well. Check for salt. Serve room temperature. You can put this salad together ahead and set it aside, but don't stick it in the fridge or the rice will harden.

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33 Reviews

JanetFL April 18, 2013
It's on my list to try - a salad after my heart! Thank you!
Flavor D. December 16, 2012
Made this today with a roasted leg of lamb. Wonderful! I added fresh tarragon with the parsley. Thank you Mrs. Larkin for sharing.
mrslarkin December 16, 2012
You're welcome, FD! Glad you enjoyed it. One of my favorites.
Madhuja December 5, 2012
This looks SO good! Sweet and tart and crunchy all that the same time! YUM!
mrslarkin December 5, 2012
Yes! That's the perfect description for this dish! Thanks Madhuja.
healthierkitchen November 30, 2012
Guess I missed this earlier. It looks Deee-licious
mrslarkin November 30, 2012
Thanks hk! I had leftovers yesterday, and they're still super yum.
Panfusine November 29, 2012
Rice?? I'm Sold.. This sounds absolutely FABulous!
mrslarkin November 29, 2012
Thank you, Panfusine. It's yummy!
This L. August 2, 2011
This looks like my kind of salad - very crunchy and delicious. Really simple but good.
mrslarkin August 2, 2011
Thanks, Lisa!! I love simple.
Lizthechef June 26, 2011
I can only echo the crowd - great photo, great recipe and a perfect summer dish with a zillion ways to tweak it.
mrslarkin June 26, 2011
Thanks, Liz.
Midge June 26, 2011
Yum! This sounds like the kind of thing I could live on in summer.
mrslarkin June 26, 2011
Thanks, Midge. yes, definitely a great summer dish.
Midge July 5, 2011
Made this yesterday and threw in some diced roasted beets that I had in the fridge. Delicious!
mrslarkin July 5, 2011
That sounds really yummy, Midge! I love beets - so sweet and earthy!
wssmom June 25, 2011
Awesome photo, even more awesome recipe!
mrslarkin June 25, 2011
thanks wssmom!!!
gingerroot June 24, 2011
I love rice salads and yours sounds delicious! I especially like the fresh squeezed orange juice in the dressing. YUM!
mrslarkin June 25, 2011
Thanks, gingerroot! i love the oj too!
fiveandspice June 23, 2011
Mmm, this looks totally delicious. Perfect for summer! And such lovely colors too.
mrslarkin June 23, 2011
Thanks, 5&S!!
aargersi June 23, 2011
Mrs L I made this yesterday for opening night of family girl's weekend - HUGE success - everyone loved it - it's GONE! Now I need to make more.
mrslarkin June 23, 2011
Awesome! That is so cool, aargersi! So glad you guys enjoyed it!
hardlikearmour June 22, 2011
I love this! I can just imagine the flavors and textures - sweet, tangy, fresh, crunchy, chewy, soft - wonderful!
mrslarkin June 22, 2011
Thanks, hla! That pretty much sums it up!
GiGi26 June 22, 2011
I think my family will love this, It's beautiful and I will be making it soon!
mrslarkin June 22, 2011
Thanks, GiGi26! Hope you enjoy it!
Panfusine June 21, 2011
it looks soo beautiful.. feasting with the eyes as I type!
mrslarkin June 21, 2011
Thank you so much, Panfusine!!
aargersi June 21, 2011
This is the sort of thing you want to have in the fridge at all times for an instant need to feed ... love it! GREAT photo, too.
mrslarkin June 21, 2011
Thanks aargersi!!