Sesame Ginger Rice Salad

Bring the taste of Asia to your kitchen with this Sesame Ginger Rice Salad made with zesty orange juice and crunchy vegetables.

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Sesame Ginger Rice Salad

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins (+30 mins cooling)
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 45 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins (+30 mins cooling)
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 45 mins


  • 1 can (15 oz) mandarin orange segments
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1 can (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup Asian sesame salad dressing
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced


  • Take your taste buds on a trip to Asia with this flavorful Sesame Ginger Rice Salad made with Minute® Instant Brown Rice, crunchy vegetables and a delicious sesame dressing. Prepare it ahead of time to enhance the flavors and be ready when hunger strikes.

    Step 1

  • Drain mandarin oranges, reserving liquid. Add enough water to reserved liquid to measure 2 cups. Stir in ginger.

    Step 2

  • Prepare rice according to package directions, substituting reserved mandarin orange liquid for water. Refrigerate cooked rice for 30 minutes.

    Step 3

  • In a medium bowl, combine rice, water chestnuts, celery, dressing and green onions. Gently stir in mandarin orange segments.

Prepare and Conquer

Bring the taste of Asia to your kitchen — even when you’re short on time! This recipe may take a little organization but with a plan, this rice salad can be assembled in a flash.

Approach this recipe in 2 steps. First, cook the rice and prep the vegetables. Then, assemble. The first part requires you to simmer the brown rice in a mix of mandarin orange juice and water. While the rice is cooking, prepare the dressing, onions, water chestnuts and celery.

After the rice has finished cooking, it will need to cool so that this rice dish can be served chilled. Keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight. Assemble all the ingredients just before you head out the door.

Zesty Homemade Dressing

A zesty homemade dressing has the power to make or break the flavor of any rice bowl or rice salad. If you have extra time, take a few minutes to prepare your own sesame ginger dressing. Once you get the hang of it, you can make extra to have on hand for your next rice salad, chicken sandwich or shrimp dish. Next time, try some on this Sesame Ginger Salmon Salad.

Simply combine olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, a bit of sweetener (we like honey, maple syrup or agave nectar), garlic and ginger. With just 6 ingredients, you can make a delicious dressing to save in your fridge for a variety of other meals.

Using Minute® Rice Ready to Serve or Instant varieties, you can prepare all kinds of meal options that are both quick and delicious! Try international flavors, like the ones found in this Asian-inspired salad, or enjoy dishes inspired by places closer to home, like this Louisiana-style Red Beans and Rice.  

For a no-fuss weekday meal, try our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.

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