Rice Salad (Ensalada de Arroz)

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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  1. says

    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?

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

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

  4. says

    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.

  5. Tangled Noodle says

    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!

  6. says

    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 :)

  7. El Paramedico says

    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

  8. Elisa says

    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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