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Summer Rice Salad

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


4-6 servings

Tangy dressing and flavorful ingredients make for a very tasty side dish that's a refreshing alternative to potato salad. People can't seem to stop eating this unique salad. It's great with hamburgers or chicken at picnics or potluck dinners. -Laura Panfil, Niles, Michigan


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Leaf lettuce, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine rice, tomatoes, onion and olives. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, parsley, sugar and salt; mix well. Pour over rice mixture and toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Serve in a lettuce-lined bowl if desired.

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  • tmusgrov50
    Dec 30, 2012

    Needed a side dish for family party. This looked easy and tasty. Everyone who tried it enjoyed it. I happened to have Trader Joe's rice medley (heat in the micro package with brown rice, red rice and black barley) which is really tasty. Also added tbsp dijon mustard and 1/2 C toasted pecans for texture. Picked up spplies to make more too. As my Sis said - this could be a meal itself.

  • contrarywife
    Jun 11, 2012

    Very good. I kicked it up a bit with Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, black pepper and Mrs. Dash. I also added some sweet orange bell pepper. Next time I'll probably double the dressing as it was slightly dry. Great recipe to customize to your family's tastes, and pretty too!

  • dawnHowe
    Mar 22, 2011

    This is easy and delicious. I cook several cups of rice in my rice cooker each week, so it is easy to measure out 2 cups for this recipe. I also add a diced cucumber, and use one regular tomato (instead of cherry tomatoes).