• Serves 4
  • 1 hours
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 14 Ingredients

Get ready to discover the most delicious salad recipe ever! And we use the word ‘salad’ loosely, but it works, and it’s so good. This Italian Brown Rice Salad Recipe is filled with flavour and makes the perfect side, or even main. It’s hearty, and delicious and sure to be a firm family favourite.


Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
  • 1/3 slivered almonds, toasted (in a frying pan until light brown)
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, torn
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Cook the onion until soft, and almost translucent. Add the brown rice, garlic and lime rind. Stir to coat.
  2. Add the chicken stock, and bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat. Turn down to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 50 minutes or until the rice is tender and the stock has been absorbed.
  3. In a small bowl, place the ingredients for the dressing; the lime juice, white wine vinegar, garlic cloves, and dijon mustard. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, along with the dressing to the rice and stir to combine. Transfer to a large serving platter or bowl and serve warm.

  • Looks amazing! I love all of these ingredient and have them on hand more often than not, so will try this recipe this weekend.


  • A delicious rice dish,it looks so good!


  • I really can’t do brown rice and I don’t see how brown rice is Italian… Basmati rice is low GI and tastes much better!


  • Thanks for this tasty sounding salad recipe. It does look good and seems to be the type of salad that can be modified and bulked up.


  • This sounds lovely and zesty! I love that almost all the ingredients are pantry staples for my house too

    • Good point – they do appear to be staples!


  • That looks incredibly delicious – a winner in my household for sure. Thank you for sharing.


  • I love it…my kids will definitely love it.


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