Greetings, salad lovers! Are you prepared to beat the heat of the summer with some enticing salads? Look no further! Carolina® Rice provides you with a variety of delectable and rejuvenating salads that will help you enjoy the dog days of summer.

When the weather gets warmer, it’s time to replace those hearty meals with energizing alternatives. Salads are an excellent source of nutrients that your body needs throughout the hot summer months, in addition to being a fantastic method to stay hydrated they are a great option to replace heavy and starchy foods.

Whether you enjoy crunchy vegetables, juicy fruits, or fresh greens, we have got you covered. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from traditional favorites like chicken salad to inventive pairings like strawberry feta salad and mango ginger salsa. 

So grab your forks and get ready to go on a culinary experience packed with enticing flavors and brilliant colors. Take advantage of these delicious salads that will keep you and your family cool and full all day long as you celebrate the summer.

Delicious Salad Recipes for the Summer

For hot summer days, rice summer salads are a cool substitute for pasta salads. These salads are lovely and delectable since they are made with rice (or leftover rice). Serve them as a main course or a side dish. Carolina® Rice has several options to choose from.


A range of fresh and savory ingredients are required to make delectable rice summer salads. Here are some things you should always have on hand:

  • Pick your favorite rice type like: white, brown, or quinoa.
  • Vegetables: Use components like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, carrots, and radishes to add a rainbow of hues and textures.
  • Protein: To add variety to your salads, try adding grilled chicken, shrimp, tuna, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Greens & Herbs: Add fresh herbs like cilantro and basil.
  • Dressing: Use ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar (such as red wine or balsamic vinegar), Dijon mustard, honey, or yogurt to make a delectable dressing.
  • Nuts and seeds: Toasted almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds can add that extra crunch you are craving.

Make up your own original combinations, have fun with it, and use the hashtag #unfollowlareceta. The secret is to use top-notch, fresh ingredients that will make your family your biggest fan.

Choices for Rice Salads

You can choose from a number of rice salad recipes provided by Carolina® Rice to improve your summertime picnics and barbecues. Let’s examine a few of those possibilities.

Chicken and Rice Salads

Why not top this Grilled Summer Vegetable Rice Salad with any leftover chicken from your grilling session? All of your favorite summer vegetables and mouth watering chicken strips are mixed together in this salad that is loaded with vegetables and served with our fluffy and fragrant Basmati rice. Or spice up your dinner on a weeknight by making our Rice Salad with Caribbean Chicken. It includes all the island flavors you’ve been yearning for, including grilled chicken marinated in jerk BBQ sauce, rice and black beans, pineapple, avocado, and red pepper.

Grilled Summer Vegetable Rice Salad
Grilled Summer Salad

Why not give this Green Rice Salad with Chicken  a try if you’re aiming to increase the amount of greens in your diet? This salad is packed with rotisserie chicken and feta cheese. Because it is made with a mixture of strong, flavorful, and crisp greens and the time-tested combination of chicken and rice, we refer to it as the “perfect rice salad.”

Green Rice Salad with chicken and broccoli
Green Rice Salad with Chicken

There is no need to worry if you dislike chicken. For those of you who eat seafood, Carolina® Rice offers a variety of seafood dishes.

Seafood and Rice Salads

This delicious Sesame Orange Shrimp and Asian Brown Rice Salad is one of our favorite Asian-inspired recipes. By combining avocados, peppers, and scrumptious fruits like Asian pears and mango, this meal provides the perfect quantity of fruits and vegetables to keep you full. Brown rice and prawns can be added to the dish for a heartier option.

Asian Brown Rice Salad with Shrimp and Sesame Orange Dressing
Sesame Orange Shrimp Asian Brown Rice Salad

Recipe Tips:

  • Try using soy sauce for a different dressing flavor.
  • Are jalapeños not hot enough? You will see results if you try marinating the shrimp in any spicy sauce of your choice before cooking. 
  • Use coconuts as a substitute for the mango to get that exotic flavor profile.

Another fantastic addition to those salads during those summer months is canned tuna. This essential component is probably already in your pantry. You won’t regret making this Canned Tuna Rice Salad. This salad, which is created with fluffy Carolina® White Rice and a spicy dressing made with mayonnaise, lemon, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and garlic, will quickly become a family favorite.

Rice and tuna salad made with canned tuna, jasmine rice, bell peppers and a mayonnaise dressing
Canned Tuna Rice Salad

Markets are hopping, and you can’t wait to indulge in your favorite summer fruits. Utilize them in your rice salads to take advantage of the time of year!

Rice Salads with Fruit

Sweet, juicy, red strawberries are always a good choice! You can add some to your Strawberry Salad with Wild Rice and you won’t be able to get enough. If you’re searching for a lighter dinner, leafy greens, fruits, and nuts are surely a fantastic substitute. However, you can make a hefty rice salad out of your tossing greens that will fill you up for dinner or keep you going after lunch.

Try some cooked rotisserie chicken, canned tuna, hard-boiled eggs, crunchy bacon bits or chickpeas if you want to add some protein to the dish.

Try our Mango Rice Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette if you like mangoes. It’s the ideal choice for a side dish or light lunch for your upcoming summer get-together. If you like both sweet and savory dishes, this recipe is ideal for you. This delicious salad is made with fragrant Jasmine rice, fresh vegetables, juicy mango, and combined in a handmade ginger vinaigrette made with honey, soy sauce, and mustard, so you can be sure it is flavorful to the brim. 

Mango-Rice Salad-with-Ginger-Vinaigrette
Mango Rice Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

Our Mango, Pecan and Brown Rice Salad, which uses whole grain brown rice, is a must-try. This choice combines sweetness and coolness. This will become your new go-to recipe if you need a quick and easy side dish or a filling and invigorating afternoon snack. This recipe can be altered to fit any tastes or preferences by swapping out any favorite seasonal fruits or nuts. Not a fan of pecans? Use slices of walnuts or almonds. No mango in sight? Use peaches or grapes, or some other seasonal fruit. You can also add avocado if you want a little color and a smooth texture.

Mango, Pecan, Brown Rice Salad

For more tasty summer recipe ideas be sure to follow @Carolinariceusa on social media.

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