Holiday Rice Salad

Festive dishes don’t have to be hard to make — and this Holiday Rice Salad with goat cheese, pecans and cranberries makes for the perfect combination.

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Holiday Rice Salad

Cooking time COOK TIME 5 mins
Servings SERVES 1-2
Ready in TOTAL TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Ready in


  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice
  • 2 tbsp balsamic dressing
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries


  • This festive salad is bursting with delicious holiday flavors that are sure to please! Try this easy dish for your next get-together or dinner party.

    Step 1

  • Microwave rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Toss rice with balsamic dressing in a medium bowl.

    Step 3

  • Toss in spinach, goat cheese, pecans and cranberries.

    Recipe Tips

    If you’ve run out of pecans, feel free to substitute them with almonds or walnuts. The salad will be just as delicious!

    For more vitamins and a flavor boost, try adding sliced apples or pears to this rice salad.

    Stock up on this microwavable rice cups and follow our guide on how to cook egg fried rice in the microwave for a simple and family-friendly holiday brunch option.

Easy Holiday Spread

As the holiday season approaches, the table setting and menu planning can be a stressful task in many households. For this year’s spread, keep the shopping list short and holiday stress at ease with the help of Minute® Rice.

Whether you decide to go with the classics or want to try something new, recipes like this Holiday Rice Salad prove that it’s possible to make something easy yet delicious with minimal prep and tons of flavor. Short cuts like using store-bought dressing and our quick-cooking and microwavable Minute® Ready To Serve Rice cups will get the job done and cut down on a lot of time in the kitchen.

To keep things festive, make sure to add holiday toppings like pecans and dried cranberries to this dish. Use baby spinach leaves for a touch of green and Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice to make your meal more satisfying. Top the salad with crumbled goat cheese to add a hint of something salty and creamy and let the balsamic dressing blend all the flavors of this new family favorite!

Effortless Rice Salads

Salads are a must on any holiday table. Any evening menu for family get-togethers should include a lighter dish that works as a starter, entreé or side. Aside from being easy to prep, rice salads are a hearty addition to your table with the perfect mix of rice, vegetables, nuts, and even fruit.

Along with this special holiday rice salad, get some inspiration from some of our other tasty recipes for salads. You can surprise your guests with a different dish every time — we won’t tell that these scrumptious dishes only take minutes to make! For a buffet, serve more than one rice salad and let the guests decide which is their favorite!

Ready in 10 minutes and with a whole-grain punch, this Kale, Turkey and Brown Rice Salad with Cranberry Dressing is excellent to repurpose those last tasty bits of Thanksgiving leftovers.

Or, try this Pomegranate and Arugula Rice Salad. Thanks to the addition of fresh fruit, it makes a great starter or side that will satisfy even the most sophisticated guests!

If you are looking for a savory vegetarian meal for tonight try our Italian stuffed eggplant.

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