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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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


  • 2 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1 can (15 oz) mandarin orange segments
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 can (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup 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

  • Add water chestnuts, celery, dressing and green onions; mix lightly. Gently stir in oranges.

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 two 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. Taking a minute to prepare your own sesame ginger dressing can make all the difference in the flavor of your dish. Not to mention, you can save some for your next rice salad, chicken sandwich or shrimp dish. Try this one over a 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 this Asian-inspired salad or stick with something more close to home like a Louisiana-style Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice.  

For a no fuss weekday meal try our chicken rice broccoli cheese casserole.

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