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Curried Orange Rice Salad in a bowl with spoon

Curried Rice Salad with Orange

A flavorful brown rice salad with orange-curry dressing and crunchy pistachios! It's a great side dish for picnics, potlucks, and make-ahead meals.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Total Time:45 mins
CourseSalad, Side Dish
CuisineGluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings6 side servings


  • 1 cup brown rice (I use jasmine)
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/2 cup currants (or raisins)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, shelled (more if desired)

For the orange-curry dressing:

  • Juice from 1 orange (about 1/3 cup juice)
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder*
  • 1-2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar (unseasoned)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (more/less to taste)


  • Rinse and cook rice according to package instructions. (I combine 1 cup rice with 1 ¾ cup water. Then bring to light boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 35-40 minutes.)
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing: In a small bowl, squeeze the juice from the orange (I use about 1/3 cup juice). Add the curry powder, maple syrup, rice vinegar, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Slice green onions and roughly chop cilantro, large stems removed. Place in a medium/large mixing bowl. Add currants and pistachios.
  • When rice is done cooking, add to mixing bowl.
  • Pour dressing over top and stir well to thoroughly combine.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavors mellow and combine further.


*Curry powder: The curry flavor is strong so feel free to decrease if desired. Most often I use "Simply Organic" brand.
Currants: Can't find currants? Raisins are a great replacement.
Storing: Feel free to make it a few hours or up to a full day ahead of time. (Sometimes I like to squeeze a little extra fresh orange juice on top right before serving to brighten it up.) After a couple days of sitting, the rice starts to dry out, so it's best enjoyed within 1-2 days.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 202 kcal | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Potassium: 305 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 11 g | Vitamin A: 156 IU | Vitamin C: 2 mg | Calcium: 42 mg | Iron: 2 mg