Tropical Rice Salad

Tropical Rice Salad 
Hello everyone! 🙂 Well, what a busy weekend I had! If you read my last post ‘zingy marbled cheesecake’ then you’ll know that I was co-hosting the weekly Fiesta Friday blog party! 🙂 Usually if I am looking at recipes they are foods which mostly meet my health needs i.e. dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free but as co-host I had to check out at least half of the posts published. There were 108 posts! Even just checking out half (Kaila from GF Life 24/7 was my co-host) was a lot of reading and commenting!
veggie kebab WM

Even though I was busy – I still had to eat! Delicious vegetable chili kebabs!

What did I discover? A whole world of food from Mexican to Indian, American to Japanese, starters to desserts and everything in-between including some lovely gardens and perfume making tips! 🙂 Choosing my favourites for consideration as next weeks features was very difficult (especially as the Fiesta Friday rules have to be followed) as some of the posts had amazing photography (any tips would be appreciated); some were fantastic culinary adventures which would tantalise your tastebuds; some write ups drew you in and captured you; whilst others taught you something new or even showed you around! So much excitement in one weekend! 🙂 
Here’s just a little snippet of the variety of recipes from the party… something for everyone!
Pink rhubarb ice-cream (post 15); Dates iced coffee (post 60); Beetroot korma (post 13); Sandcastle cakes (post 2); Chicken & chickpeas (post 95); Tropical rice (post 16); Danish Oat Truffles (post 28); Savoury bread pudding (post 29) Cinnamon topped Syrup cake (post 49) and Spicy Shrimps (post 93). 
Of course, some of these I wouldn’t personally eat BUT that’s the beauty of being a recipe creator and developer 🙂 I can switch, swap and change (they’re not all the same thing 😛 ) the ingredients to make them fit the Life Diet Health concept 🙂
tropical rice WM

Delicious, refreshing, colourful, flavoursome tropical rice!

I was so excited by some of the posts that my shopping list has grown dramatically! I almost even nearly bought myself a spice grinder (I have a pestle & mortar)! Some of the recipes I already tried out over the weekend (I love having a well stocked pantry) and today I wanted to share my ‘quick’ version of tropical rice 🙂 Mine isn’t as picture perfect as Kriti’s as for one I didn’t have the pineapple shells to load it all in to, but I’ve no doubt this is still a very tasty version! 🙂 Before you say ‘yuck, pineapple in a salad’ or ‘fruits are sweet and veg are savoury – they don’t mix’ (that’s what I’ve always said!) please give this a thought! This is so quick and easy to throw together, tastes like you’ve spent a load of time on it and is great as a side for a barbecue! Plus, I was surprised to find that the pineapple actually tasted really good and complemented the other foods perfectly! 😀

Tropical Rice Salad (vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: as you like
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cooked chilled rice (I used brown basmati)
  • Frozen peas (allow to defrost)
  • Frozen sweetcorn (allow to defrost)
  • Fresh red pepper chopped
  • Fresh (or tinned) pineapple chopped with any juices
  • Flaked almonds
  • Cashew nuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Raisins
  • Salt (I use pink Himalayan)
  • Ground black pepper
  • * optional favourite herb/spice – paprika / cinnamon / chili flakes / basil
  1. Put the rice in a bowl, add equal amounts of peas, sweetcorn and red pepper. Mix through until the colours are evenly distributed!
  2. Top with the pineapple, then pour over the juice.
  3. Scatter almonds, cashews, sesame and raisins over the top.
  4. Dust with salt, pepper *and a herb/spice if using.
  5. Enjoy!
Serve & Store
  • You will notice I haven’t added any measurements for this – keep it simple and use what you have!
  • Have as a side to a barbecue, add to a buffet, or eat as a main meal.
  • Keep chilled until serving.
  • Do not keep cooked rice for more than three days.
  • Mix all the flavours together before serving or serve as it is.
  • If making in advance, add the nuts just before serving so that they don’t turn soft.
  • Dress it up and serve in pineapple shells!


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  • kritisinghal2403 11th May 2016 at 20:26

    Hey…I am still unable to believe that you’ve selected my recipe as one of your top ones… Thanks Thanks Thanks… M on seventh heaven 🙂 🙂 Your Tropical Rice looks amazing… Pineapple shells are no doubt brilliant for giving a summery feel but the way you have plated it… Simply Outstanding… Hats of to you my girll… 🙂 Waiting for the final results… Thanks once again for such a great honor! 🙂

    • Life Diet Health 13th May 2016 at 22:26

      Hello Kriti 🙂 You’re welcome and thank you! I loved your rice hence making it so quickly! It does help when you have ingredients in stock but this went down very well 🙂 Thanks so much for the inspiration – maybe I’ll get around to pineapple shells next time too!

      • kritisinghal2403 14th May 2016 at 08:10

        Hugs!! 🙂

        • Life Diet Health 14th May 2016 at 12:12

          …and look whose recipes were featured this week! 😛 Tropical pineapple rice definitely the way to go! 😀

  • Sarah 'n Spice 11th May 2016 at 23:04

    This recipe so unique and healthy! I just love it <3

    • Life Diet Health 13th May 2016 at 21:35

      Thank you Sarah… I borrowed the recipe idea for inspiration and it was well worth it! 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  • Loretta 12th May 2016 at 01:12

    You were such a wonderful co-host, I read many of your comments as I scrolled through some of the posts. Each one was so welcoming and thoughtful, it was just lovely to read. You’re absolutely right though, you learn so much from co-hosting and it is always difficult to choose 2 or 3 for submission. I like your tropical rice salad there’s just so much variation in it with the dried fruit and raisins. Bravo!

    • Life Diet Health 13th May 2016 at 21:46

      Thank you so much Loretta 😀 I did try my best with co-hosting (and had organised my time so I could concentrate on it). I’ve SO many more things I want to make now! 🙂 Hopefully this weekend I’ll have some time – maybe I’ll try a few out on my parents who are coming for lunch on Sunday. Hopefully the weather will brighten up again like last weekend but I really need wooden planters like you have! 🙂 I keep dreaming of yours with the lovely plants coming over the top! 🙂 The rice salad was lovely – not something I’d usually make (or eat) but it worked really well! I’ll pop back to your blog again soon 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  • Antonia 12th May 2016 at 14:19

    This looks so delicious! I love the pineapple in it. Thank you for sharing my recipe!

    • Life Diet Health 13th May 2016 at 21:34

      Thanks Antonia 🙂 Oh the inspiration from Fiesta Friday! I think I’m making yours this weekend… yum yum yum! 😀

      • Antonia 13th May 2016 at 23:35

        That’s awesome 😀 I hope you enjoy it!

  • CHCooks 19th May 2016 at 16:23

    I am late on checking my comments and I am so glad to see my post up here! Thanks much 🙂 🙂

  • Sophie33 25th May 2016 at 15:57

    I love this lovely colourful Rice dish & serve it with grilled fish on the side or with vegan chorizo! Mmmmm!

    • Life Diet Health 25th May 2016 at 16:15

      Thank you Sophie 🙂 I hope you are well, your allotment looks amazing already 🙂


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