Insta-Recipe: Sunshine Rice Salad

I know I don't normally post twice in one day but I wanted to share this recipe with you as I had a few requests for it over Facebook. I have now joined Instagram (if you want to follow me) and will be posting photo's of what's been cooking in my kitchen. I cook a lot of recipes which I wish I could photograph and post on the blog but trying to photograph around dinner time is madness.

 Enter Insta-Recipe. I will be posting these kind of recipes from time to time with Instagram photo's that I have taken. Minimal styling and fuss but a whole lot of goodness in each recipe.

 I made this the other night to go alongside my sticky five spice chicken drumsticks. It would also go really well with Chicken Snitzel. The whole meal took me under an hour to prepare and only had to pull the chicken out of the oven and the salad out of the fridge when dinner rolled around. That's my kind of cooking these days with a energetic and sometimes tired baby around dinner time.

Sunshine Rice Salad

by The Whimsical Wife
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Keywords: side salad spring summer
Ingredients (serves 4-6 people)
  • 2 cups cooked rice, cooled
  • 1/2 red capsicum, diced
  • 1 x medium carrot, diced
  • 1 x large stick celery, diced
  • 1/2 large lebanese cucumber, diced
  • 1 x large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple (or tinned)
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted cashews
  • 2 x spring onions, finely sliced
  • juice of a lime
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basel, finely sliced
In a large bowl place the cooled, cooked rice. Add in all the diced vegetables and toss to combine.
In a small bowl combine all the dressing ingredients and stir to mix through.
Drizzle the dressing over the rice and vegetables and toss to thoroughly coat the salad in the dressing.
Toss through the cashews just before serving.
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This salad is really vibrant in colour and in flavour and would go great as a side to any meat dish. It would also be great with chicken or beef tossed through it and served as a meal in itself for lunch or as a light dinner.

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