Confetti Rice Salad

A simple gluten-free, veggie-packed salad that pairs well with so many dishes and is perfect for meal prep or feeding a crowd!

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Confetti Rice Salad

Colorful, Flavorful and Crowd-pleasing!

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I first made this salad last Spring and it was a huge hit all season long!

Recipe adapted from Silver Palate, it’s rice + a ton of diced vegetables and herbs, all tossed in a dijon-red wine vinaigrette and it is DELISH!

It’s the type of salad that goes with everything… it works well with a grilled protein– chicken, steak, tofu or burgers of any kind, or even other grilled vegetables.

It’s packed with flavor but no one flavor is overpowering, it’s light and refreshing, satisfying and crowd pleasing.

It is made with real, whole foods and is entirely adaptable to tastes.

You can add your favorite veggies or skip some. Last year I made it with cooked rice, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, scallions, shallot, petite, black olives, parsley and dill.

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This is what it looked like

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Recently I made it again but added some more greens! Some steamed asparagus and some green beans.

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I loved it with the additional greens! I love the flavor and the texture but you can adapt it to your tastes if you want more rice or more veggies.

Plus I added currants which give just a little sweetness.

Best part is it’s super easy to make and makes a large quantity (also doubles well) so it’s perfect for meal prep or a party or just feeding a crowd.

And it comes together quickly.

Literally all you do is make the rice and while the rice cooks, chops the veggies and whisk together the dressing.

The dressing is just olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, salt, pepper and a touch of sugar. And it is the best flavor!

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Add the cooked rice to a large bowl. Mix with half the dressing. Add in the veggies and add more dressing to taste.

That’s it!

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Easy, adaptable and so tasty!

Plus it tastes great warm or room temp!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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4.17 from 6 votes

Confetti Rice Salad

This simple gluten-free, veggie-packed salad is perfect for meal prep or feeding a crowd. It's rice + a ton of diced vegetables and herbs, all tossed in a dijon-red wine vinaigrette. It's the type of salad that goes with everything. Recipe doubles well, is easily adaptable to tastes and saves well in the refrigerator for a few days. Recipe adapted from Silver Palate.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Salad, Sides, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Servings: 6 -7 cups
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family



  • 4 cups cooked hot rice (Approximately 1 1/2 cups dry rice yields 4 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow pepper
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced (about 1/2 red onion)
  • 3 scallions white and green parts, sliced
  • 1 shallot diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 10 oz pkg frozen petite peas de-thawed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup steamed asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup fresh green beans cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup currants optional but adds an nice and unexpected touch of sweetness
  • 1/4 cup black olives diced
  • 1/8 cup parsley chopped (I've made it with both curly and flat leaf parsley)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped

Dressing (makes 1 cup -- you may not need it all so save the rest for a salad)

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper



  • If you haven't made rice, do so now in whatever method you prefer. We use both a multipot and basic water and rice boil according to package.

If you haven't steam asparagus, so do now too.

  • Takes about 3-5 minutes until tender crisp


  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup and whisk until well combined.


  • Place cooked rice (while still warm) in a large bowl. Pour 1/2 cup dressing over rice and stir to combine.
  • Add veggies and toss to combine.
  • Taste and add additional dressing, salt or pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Stays well in refrigerator for several days and can be enjoyed cold, at room temperature or warm.
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6 thoughts on “Confetti Rice Salad

  1. 5 stars
    Looks wonderful. Making it with Quinoa. Thanks for the super recipe. We all need to eat more of this kind of food.

  2. 3 stars
    This was an absolute refreshing salad. I followed recipe to the letter the first time. Second time I made it with tricolored orzo and added sliced perrerocini peppers. Third time I made salad with Israeli couscous and added dried cranberries. All three a super, tasty hit. Keep these fantastic recipes coming.

  3. Love it! Any idea how it could be served as an appetizer? Maybe in a lettuce cup? Hoping to avoid using utensils 🤔

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