Paradise Rice Salad Recipe

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Esther Conrad of Overland Park, Kansas tossed together this satisfying salad starring rice and other healthy ingredients such as spinach, almonds and oranges. "A little citrus makes this a fruitful change of pace from plain lettuce and dressing," she confirms.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 2 small navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 171 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the orange juice, Italian dressing, orange peel, honey and salt. Add rice; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Just before serving, add the spinach, oranges, celery and almonds; toss to coat. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Paradise Rice Salad in Light & Tasty April/May 2002, p61

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