Saturday, April 30, 2011

Garden Rice Salad

I admit this recipe sounds odd. My mother-in-law is always trying to come up with recipes for foods I will actually eat when I'm at her house and she knows that wild rice and cucumbers are high on my list of favorites. Who knows where she found this, but it was amazing. I made it with peanuts for a picnic we're having tonight that includes vegetarians, but it is also yummy with chicken. (Erin -- I know you're going to barf when you see wild rice as one of the ingredients, but I bet you could substitute plain white rice or even brown rice.)


1 package/box long grain & wild rice mix
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup quartered cherry/grape tomatoes
1/2 cup diced cucumbers (I peeled it first.)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts OR 1/2 cup cooked cubed chicken
Seasoned salt and pepper to taste

All you have to do is cook the rice and cool it down. You could even do this the day before if you are as organized as my mother-in-law. If you're like me, you make it at the last possible minute and then chill it in the freezer to help speed the cooling process along. Anyway, mix all the ingredients together in one large bowl and viola! Chill it until you serve it.

* I used sliced hearts of romaine, but the recipe didn't specify type. The recipe also doesn't specify how much lettuce to use, so I just used one romaine heart thing and it turned out great.


  1. Dude, this saved my butt last night. I thought there was NOTHING I could make without going to the store and then WHEEE! this recipe appeared! We didn't have cucumbers so I used red and green peppers and carrots. It was AWESOME. Thanks for posting this -- I'm excited to use it again!

  2. Who says you're too chicken to make substitutions in a recipe! Sounds like a new recipe was born -- Garden Rice Salad a la Joslyne. And I found out from Corey's Aunt Martha that this is a Stringer/Taylor family favorite, but still no confirmation on the original source. Also -- the leftovers from this are only really good for a day, so halve the recipe if you aren't making it for many people!

  3. We had this again last night. This time I added cilantro and green beans. YUM! I love this!