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Asian Rainbow Rice Salad | Craving Something Healthy

Rainbow Asian Rice Salad

A high protein, colorful and satisfying salad that's perfect for dinner
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword rice, salads, shrimp
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 328kcal
Author Craving Something Healthy



  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice plus the zest of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or more to taste
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced


  • 2 1/4 cups cooked and cooled US-grown brown basmati rice prepared according to package directions, seasoned with salt if desired
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced radishes
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms fresh, or dried and soaked to soften
  • 1/2 cup edamame cooked and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil Thai or regular basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 8 ounces cooked and peeled medium-size (41-50 per pound) shrimp grilled, steamed, or panfried as desired.


  • Prepare the rice according to package directions in a rice cooker or on the stove. Note: 3/4 cup of dry brown rice will make about 2 1/4 cups cooked.
  • Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
  • When the rice is cooked, cool it to room temperature, and pour the dressing over the rice. Place it in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (or until it's cold) or overnight.
  • Place all of the vegetables and the herbs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the seasoned rice to the vegetables and toss well to combine.
  • Add the shrimp and toss again to combine.
  • Taste, and adjust seasonings with additional tamari or sriracha as desired


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 993mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2499IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 2mg