Recipe Flash: Lemony Rice Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Almonds, and Herbs

When I was little and had the flu, there were a few easy comfort specials I would have my mother dish up to accompany my day of “Price is Right” and dramatic suffering: strawberry Jello, garlic soup, and white rice with lemon. These days, whenever I taste a bright, lemony rice dish it always takes me back a little to the thrill of no homework and daytime television. On vacation a few weeks ago, there was a lot of the latter and, lucky for me, my mother and I made enough of this rice salad (which sat beside my salmon burgers at dinner one night) to accompany a long, drawn-out recovery—not from any particular illness, just from the trials of quarter life.

From my kitchen, albeit small, to yours,


Lemony Rice Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Almonds, and Herbs

Makes 4 servings


1 cup basmati rice (or any long grain white rice)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small shallot, minced
¼ cup parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1/3 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped
2 tsp white vinegar
1 lemon, zested and juiced
3 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste

In a medium stock pot, bring 2 cups of salted water to boil. Add the rice, turn the heat to low, cover and cook until all the liquid has absorbed and the rice is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Using a fork, fluff the rice and allow to cool slightly.

In a medium mixing bowl, or in the rice pot (as shown below), combine the remaining ingredients and taste for seasoning. Serve warm or at room temperature as a refreshing, yet filling summer side.

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  • Jordana

    Honestly, your blog is getting better and better. I just love it. I'm a little past the 1/4 life but it's fabulous nontheless!

  • Frankie

    Isn't 25 minutes about 10 mins too long to cook white rice? Just asking.

  • Jessica

    25 minutes is about right for good basmati rice. It takes longer to cook than the white rice most of us grew up with.

  • Lauren

    So good! I love the flavors. Tastes like summertime. I used brown rice.

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