Rice Salad (Ensalada de Arroz)

by Erica Dinho on August 23, 2009

Ensalada de ArrozI love rice and I am one of those Colombians who are happy eating plain white rice with a fried egg on top and sweet plantains on the side. Maybe that doesn’t sound very appealing to most, but it doesn’t take much to make me happy, as long as I am eating Colombian style :)

This rice salad is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats and could also be served as a vegetarian meal.



  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • ¼ dried apricots
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • Salt and black pepper


Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, honey and mustard in a medium bowl. Add the cooked rice, apricots, pine nuts, cranberries, cilantro, raisins and scallions, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 KennyT August 23, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Wow, I eat rice every day but I have never tried a rice salad, this is amazing!


2 Taste Traveller August 23, 2009 at 2:45 PM

This looks good, but I know, simple rice with plantains is good too! :-) Are the cranberries a part of Colombian cuisine or are they something that you add now that you are in the States?


3 Oysterculture August 23, 2009 at 6:15 PM

I love cranberries and I love rice, this looks like a rice pilaf I like to make around Thanksgiving, but you reminded me, there’s no reason for me to wait that long. Let the good tastes beging.


4 Joy August 23, 2009 at 7:33 PM

What a pretty salad. Its bright sweetness would go so well with many things!


5 Erica August 23, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Thanks everyone!


6 Bunny August 23, 2009 at 9:25 PM

This is very nice and different, thanks for posting!


7 zerrin August 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM

I love rice in different versions, but never added apricot and scallion in it before. Sounds amazing! And this one looks so heart filling.


8 Soma August 24, 2009 at 8:13 AM

are u kidding me? white rice & fried egg? that sounds exactly like me, & i thought i was the only one. my hubby looks at me in disgust:-) This looks like a jeweled rice.


9 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie August 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Delicious! I love the dried fruits here. This is something my daughter would really love too!


10 nora@ffr August 24, 2009 at 1:31 PM

just perfect for a dinner even!! yumm!! already craving!!


11 Tangled Noodle August 24, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Except for fried rice (with garlic, eggs, and green onions) I prefer my rice to be plain, using sauces from the ‘ulam’ (or main dish) to flavor it. That’s the Filipina-me; the Americanized-me loves this, with the combination of flavor and textures! Wonderful recipe!


12 Diana August 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Erica, I’ve missed too many of your recipes! This is great!! I am going to make this for my kids and I! Seems like a perfect lunch that we’ll enjoy :)


13 Danielle August 25, 2009 at 12:32 PM

what a beautiful rice dish. I never thought of adding fruit to rice. (other than rice pudding but thats different haha).


14 Erica August 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting!


15 El Paramedico January 15, 2010 at 11:09 PM

LOL…I get the same look from my wife when I make rice with egg…..This salad looks good, i’ll have to try it


16 Elisa April 8, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Erica, todas las recetas son absolutamente increibles!! Estoy feliz de haberte descubierto porque ya no busco mas recetas. Y ni hablar del arroz on huevo frito y tajadas de platano, algo que mi mama llamaba ‘matrimonio’, que delicia.
Pienso ensayar tus ensaladas en el verano, se ven exquisitas. Gracias


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