Recipe: Crunchy Asian Rice Salad

Most of you would know my love of crunchy textures in my salads and this crunchy asian rice salad is the perfect example! It’s full of delicious flavours, topped with fresh herbs and a tasty sesame dressing. The brown rice base ensures it fills you right up as well, making it a perfect lunchtime dish!

Crunchy Asian Rice Salad | I Spy Plum Pie

I slightly adapted the recipe from one in the Women’s Weekly Fast Fresh Vegetarian cookbook.


For the salad

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 lebanese cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 100g snow peas
  • 1/4 wombok cabbage
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup vietnamese mint

For the dressing

  • 2tbs soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1tsp sesame oil
  • 2tbs mirin
  • 2tbs water


  1. Cook the brown rice using your preferred method and set aside (I use my rice cooker)
  2. Cut the cucumber and carrot into long, thin strips and thinly slice the snow peas
  3. Shred the cabbage
  4. Combine the rice with the chopped vegetables and bean sprouts and toss well to combine
  5. Thinly slice the spring onions and add to the salad with the crushed peanuts and roughly torn herbs
  6. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine
  7. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine
  8. Enjoy!

Crunchy Asian Rice Salad | I Spy Plum Pie

I love how light and fresh this salad is, and if you wanted it as part of your dinner meal it would be delicious with some baked tofu on the side. It most definitely brings the crunch factor! The best part is this salad is ready in just as long as it takes to cook the rice, making it a perfect mid week meal option, or a quick weekend lunch. Perfect!

Crunchy Asian Rice Salad | I Spy Plum Pie

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2 Comments on Recipe: Crunchy Asian Rice Salad

  1. merilyn
    April 11, 2016 at 5:05 pm (8 years ago)

    that’s a great salad thanks liz!
    love m:)X

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      April 11, 2016 at 6:09 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks lovely! Hope you’ve been well xx


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