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Vegan curried orange rice salad in a white bowl with serving spoon

Curried Rice Salad with Orange

A flavorful brown rice salad with crunchy pistachios, sweet currants, and an orange-curry dressing! A tasty side dish for picnics & potlucks, or take-along lunches.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:35 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes
CourseSalad, Side Dish
CuisineGluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings5 (1-cup servings)


  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice (jasmine or basmati)
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup currants (or raisins)
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, shelled

For the orange-curry dressing:

  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar, unseasoned
  • 1/2 tsp. orange zest (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  • Rinse and cook rice according to package instructions.*
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing: Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and 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 cooked, add to bowl. Pour dressing over top and stir well.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavors mellow and further combine.


*Cooking rice: 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.
Curry powder: The curry flavor is strong so feel free to decrease if desired. Most often I use "Simply Organic" brand.
Yield: Recipe makes about 5 cups salad.
Storing: Feel free to prepare it up to a day ahead of time. (Sometimes I'll squeeze 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.
Originally published April 2018. Updated May 2023.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 256 kcal | Carbohydrates: 49 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Potassium: 368 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 15 g | Vitamin A: 220 IU | Vitamin C: 11 mg | Calcium: 50 mg | Iron: 2 mg