17 Spectacular Rice Salads!

17 Spectacular Rice Salads!

Cool rice salads make for the perfect summer side dishes. They’re simple, adaptable, light, and go with any main course! Try making them with veggies, meats, or tasty salad dressings; all of your favorite ingredients will do! Here are 17 rice salad recipes to inspire your summer dinners.

Rice Salad with Grilled Vegetables: This is the perfect way to use up leftover cooked rice and grilled vegetables, and so flavorful you may be inspired to make extra just for this purpose! The smoky-sweet flavor of lightly-charred zucchini, onion, bell pepper, and portobellos combined with Italian seasonings, olive oil, and rice is a marriage that is truly made in heaven.

Rice Salad with Black Beans: This is a deliciously satisfying meal packed with citrus flavors, salsa and cilantro.

Tomato Artichoke Rice Salad: Serve this alongside grilled fish for a light dinner.

Rice-A-Roni Salad: Not your average salad, this hearty chicken, shrimp and rice combination is a treat!

Wild Rice Salad: Rice is usually used as a side dish that compliments some sort of meat dish, this time try making it as a salad. It is delicious and a healthy way of filling up your stomach.

Beefy Rice Salad: A hearty cold lunch (my husband's favorite), or a great potluck dish, this salad is very versatile.

Rice and Pear Salad: Rice, vegetables, yogurt, mayonnaise and fruit all make for the perfect summer salad.

Rice & Avocado Salad: This delicious rice and avocado salad will need to be refrigerated for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Crab & Rice Salad: Garnished with herb sprigs to add the perfect touch.

Summer Rice Salad with Feta, Citrus and Mint: The strong tastes in this salad combine for a refreshing summer dish.

Chilled Rice and Vegetable Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing: Terrific cold salad that will go with so many things or just stand alone.  Healthy and delicious.

Ham and Rice Salad: The addition of the ham to this salad really gives it a boost of flavor!

Curried Rice Salad with Melon, Raisins, and Peanuts: With raisins, melon, and chutney, this salad is anything but ordinary.

Cold Wild Rice Salad: Never thought of serving wild rice cold? Well think again!

Rice, Black Bean, and Corn Salad: Fresh, cut from the cob corn kernels combine with a black beans and rice for a great vegetarian dish.

Tomato, Pea, and Rice Salad: Serve this salad in the summer.

Marinated Shrimp and Rice Salad:  I found a recipe on the back of a chicken flavored rice mix box and altered it from Marinated Artichoke Heart Salad by adding and deleting ingredients. If you can't find chicken flavored rice mix, you can use 1/2 C. raw rice of your choice, and cook it with a 10 3/4 oz. can of condensed chicken broth for 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is done.

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