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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Cooking time PREP TIME 5 Mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 5 Mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 10 Mins
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  • 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!

    Step 1

  • Microwave rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Toss rice with balsamic dressing.

    Step 3

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

    Recipe Tips

    Substitute pecans with almonds or walnuts.

    Add sliced apples are pears to rice salad if desired.

Easy Holiday Spread

As the holiday season approaches, the table setting and menu planning might be a stressful task in every household. 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 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. Use baby spinach leaves for a touch of greens and Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice to make your meal more satisfying. Top with crumbled feta 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. Any evening menu for the upcoming get-togethers with family and friends should include a lighter dish that is good either as a starter, entreé, or side. Aside from bring easy to prep, rice salads will bring 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 these other tasty recipes for salads and surprise your guests with a different dish every time – we won’t tell it just took you a few minutes to put together these scrumptious meals!

Pro tip: serve more than one rice salad in a buffet-style spread and let the guest decide which is their favorite!