Can you put rice in a salad? | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022



1 cup cooked brown rice
Canola oil for frying
Sea salt
Ground black pepper
2-inch knob of ginger, halved
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
2 leeks, thinly sliced
2 to 3 tbsp. hot sauce


  1. Heat oil in a pot. Test oil by dropping a grain of rice; it should bubble and quickly float to surface. Pour in the rest of the rice and fry for a few seconds. Stir after a minute or two of frying. Then, remove from oil once it has turned a nice golden brown color.
  2. Lay fried rice on a tray lined with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

For the dressing

  1. Combine the ginger and lemon juice in a small bowl. Let the lemon juice infuse for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer the crisp fried rice into a large bowl. Using a fork, break up any clumps. Add the cucumber, mint, cilantro, and leeks.
  3. Pour in a tablespoon or so of the infused lemon juice, leaving behind the ginger. Add hot sauce according to your preference.
  4. Add a pinch of sea salt and toss well.

This story was originally published in Northern Living, April 2017.

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