Classic Rice Salad

This Classic Rice Salad combines hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, pickle relish, mustard, veggies and fluffy white rice for a delicious twist on your favorite potato salad.

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Classic Rice Salad

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 5 mins + chilling time
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 5 mins + chilling time


  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup chopped pimientos
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered
  • 2 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • lettuce leaves (optional)


  • The Classic Rice Salad with eggs is a tasty and light option for any occasion. it works well as a side dish, appetizer, lunch or snack! It’s quick, easy, delicious and perfect for grilling season.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to chill.

    Step 3

  • Serve on washed lettuce leaves, if using.

    Recipe Tips

    For perfect hard-boiled eggs, place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover by at least 1 inch. Cover saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat. Let eggs stand, covered, in hot water for 15 to 17 minutes. Pour off hot water and immediately cover eggs with cold water. Let stand until completely cooled before peeling.

    For a dairy-free option, substitute mashed avocado in for the mayonnaise.

Classic with a Twist

We’ve given the classic, all-American potato salad a twist by replacing the potatoes with fluffy white rice. The hearty grains add a layer of appetizing texture as well as phenomenal taste to a classic comfort salad.

There are so many ways to enjoy this combination, whether it’s wrapped in lettuce leaves or eaten by itself with a fork. It’s a perfect light main or a great side dish for your next outdoor BBQ or picnic.

This salad also keeps well for up to 5 days in your refrigerator so you can use it for a meal prep option or as a side with dinners throughout the week.

If you like the sound of this salad, but you’re seriously short on time, substitute our microwavable Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice or naturally-flavored Minute® Ready to Serve Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine Rice cups for a bit of extra added flavor. With these tips and recipes like our rice with fried egg in microwave, enjoying quality and delicious meals isn’t a synonym of spending hours in the kitchen!

If you are looking for a vegetarian option try our Mediterranean eggplant recipes.

Extra Add-ins

If you want to add more protein to each serving, add a can of your favorite tuna, salmon or add an extra hard-boiled egg or two to this dish. You can also try this recipe using mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise if you’re looking for a dairy-free option.

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