Coconut Lime Rice Quinoa Salad & $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Coconut Lime Quinoa Rice SaladWe are big rice eaters here at our house. Because I don’t eat potatoes, or very few, we eat a lot of rice. I am always looking for fun new ways to dress it up. We are also big fans of quinoa. When RiceSelect™ sent some of their new Royal Blend® rice blends I couldn’t wait to check them out. One of the blends is combined with quinoa so I decided that was the one. I think a lot of people are still a little scared of quinoa . They aren’t really sure what it is, how to cook it and they think it looks strange.
Well, if you are trying to introduce quinoa into your family’s diet the Royal Blend® with Quinoa is the way to do it. This blend combines Texmati light Brown rice, red quinoa and Freekah which is another ancient grain. The quinoa has a slightly nutty flavor and the freekeh has a subtle smoky flavor so it all combines for an amazing taste. Coconut Lime Quinoa Rice Salad The combination of the three gives you not only an amazing flavor but great texture and color too. The most common question I get about quinoa is how do you cook it? That’s easy – just like rice. Whether the quinoa is by itself or in a blend with rice you can cook it on the stove top or in your rice cooker just like you do rice. I put the RiceSelect Royal Blend with Red Quinoa into my rice cooker – one cup rice blend, two cups liquid. Just fluff it with a fork when it’s done.
I decided to turn the rice blend into a salad. Instead of cooking the rice/quinoa in water I used coconut milk. I like the Lite Coconut Milk for this. Same amount as I would water – 2 cups liquid to 1 cup rice blend. I decided go for lots of flavor and lots of color! Coconut Lime Quinoa Rice Salad Coconut and lime seem to be a popular flavor combination lately so in addition to the coconut milk I used the juice from one fresh lime as well as some shredded carrots, red onion, green onion, basil and chopped pistachios. Coconut Lime Quinoa Rice Salad Can I just tell you this salad tastes as yummy as it looks! I love the little bits of red quinoa in with the rice as well as the yellowish freekah. Coconut Lime Quinoa Rice Salad The carrot, onion and pistachios gives it just the right amount of crunch and color. This salad can be served cold, warm or I like it best at room temperature. Coconut Lime Quinoa Rice Salad I can’t wait to experiment with the other RiceSelect Royal Blends. To purchase, use the RiceSelect store locator or buy online at, as product availability may be limited. Visit RiceSelect’s website to check out all the fun flavor combinations available. To enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card so you can buy lots of Rice Select just let me know: which blend you want to try first!


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Coconut Lime Quinoa Rice Salad
  • 2 C light coconut milk
  • 1 C Royal Blend with Quinoa
  • ½ C red onion, chopped
  • 1 C carrot, grated or julienned
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ C pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Cook rice blend in coconut milk.
  2. Add in onion, carrot, green onion pistachios, basil, salt and lime juice
  3. Can be served warm, cold or at room temperature

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Nicole Weite says

    At first, the flax blend appealed to me, but then the red, brown wild mix made my eyes drool. Love the color.

  2. jodi goins says

    this looks yummy! my hubby loves rice and i really dont care for it.but i will try this,been looking for new things to try with things he likes.

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