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
Cooking time COOK TIME 5 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 10 mins (+10 mins chilling time)
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 10 mins (+10 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 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered
  • lettuce leaves (optional)


  • This Classic Rice Salad is a tasty, light option for any occasion. It works well as a side dish, appetizer, lunch or snack, and is perfect for grilling season.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Combine rice, mayonnaise, onions, pickle relish, pimientos, mustard and salt together in a large bowl. Transfer to the refrigerator to cool.

    Step 3

  • When ready to serve, top salad with hard-boiled egg quarters. Serve on lettuce leaves, if using.

    Recipe Tip

    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 15-17 minutes. Pour off hot water and immediately cover eggs with cold water. Let stand until completely cooled before peeling.

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 course 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 simple recipes, enjoying quality and delicious meals doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen!

If you are looking for a vegetarian option for dinner, try our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan.

Extra Add-ins

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

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