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Crunchy Asian Rice Salad + A Giveaway

This crunchy asian rice salad recipe is a true crowd pleaser! It’s full of chow mein noodles, Craisins, pine nuts, and an addictive soy garlic dressing.

Crunchy Asian Rice Salad- This crunchy asian rice salad recipe is a true crowd pleaser! It's full of chow mein noodles, craisins, pine nuts, and an addictive soy garlic dressing. passthechallah.com

This is one of those recipes that you’re going to be giving out to your friends.  A lot.  It has everything that is addictive and irresistible about a dish—It’s crispy from lots of chow mein noodles.  But it’s also sweet from the Craisins.  It has a touch of richness from pine nuts (and more crunch, which can never hurt).  It’s savory and mouth-watering from shallots, and has a totally incredible soy sauce garlic dressing that I now put on anything and everything I can.  Like I said, this crunchy asian rice salad recipe is a true crowd-pleaser and a true keeper.

I originally had this at a friend’s house while I was in Israel (she’s the same friend where I had crunchy cornflakes chicken).  I’m sure this won’t be the last recipe I share with you that she shared with me—she was in catering for 20 years and has an arsenal of unbelievable recipes.  So just like your friends will be asking you for the recipe after they taste this salad, I asked her for the recipe.

Crunchy Asian Rice Salad

Since then, I’ve made it so many times!  It’s the perfect go-to side dish for any occasion, because I know everybody will love it.  It also comes together so quickly!  All you need to do is cook the rice (I like using a rice cooker so I can set it and forget it), add the rest of the ingredients, toss, and serve!  It’s best served immediately after the ingredients are combined so the chow mein noodles stay perfectly crispy, so I measure everything in advance and combine right before I’m ready to serve.  And it’s meant to be served at room temperature, which makes my life even easier!

Crunchy Asian Rice Salad- This crunchy asian rice salad recipe is a true crowd pleaser! It's full of chow mein noodles, craisins, pine nuts, and an addictive soy garlic dressing. passthechallah.com

Speaking of rice cookers, I am giving one away this week!  My college roommate loved using a rice cooker and bought this Aroma Rice Cooker for our kitchen. Once I used it, I couldn’t go back!  Rice cookers are so easy.  They do all the work for you!  And my favorite part is that the rice stays warm until you are ready to eat it.  Trust me, you’re going to love it.  Here’s the details on how to win:

Who: Residents of USA & Canada, 18 years and older
: Aroma 8-Cup Rice Cooker
When: Tuesday, May 17 to Tuesday, May 24
Where: Enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below
Why: Because I love rice cookers and I love my readers!

The Rafflecopter entry form should load right here —>
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway for an Aroma 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker  is open until Tuesday, May 24th  at 11:00 PM Central. The giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post.  I will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

4.5 from 13 reviews
Crunchy Asian Rice Salad
Recipe type: Pareve
Serves: 6-8
  • 1½ cups uncooked white rice
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (I like using Dorot frozen garlic cubes)
  • 1-2 cups pine nuts
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 3-4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup thin chow mein noodles
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Drain and let cool.
  2. To make dressing, combine soy sauce, vegetable oil, and garlic and mix well. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix pine nuts, bean sprouts, Craisins, and shallots. Add rice and mix gently. Add chow mein noodles, drizzle with dressing, and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately, at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Crunchy Rice Salad with Soy Garlic Dressing

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  • Yael May 17, 2016, 4:16 pm

    Yum!! This looks really good. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:40 pm

      Hi Yael! Thank you so much! Let me know how you like it :)

  • Mary Beth Elderton May 17, 2016, 5:23 pm

    The Rainbow Roasted Vegetables is beautiful! Even my picky grand-daughter loves the kind of salty take on veggies–yuk for steamed veggies :)

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:33 pm

      Thank you! I’m with your grand-daughter on steamed veggies…not my favorite either. This recipe is definitely kid friendly with the noodles and peanuts :)

  • Alina May 18, 2016, 6:04 am

    I would love to make the above dish, as well as the Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. My family would love both dishes.

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:32 pm

      Hi Alina! I’m so happy to hear that! Let me know what your family thinks if you make them :)

  • Stafford May 18, 2016, 6:05 am

    The sweet and sour meatballs recipe is calling my name :) They look simply scrumptious.

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much! From my grandma to you :)

  • Sean May 18, 2016, 7:13 am

    I’m dying to try the White Wine Cake recipe. Sounds delicious.

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:31 pm

      Hi Sean! I must say…it is delicious! Let me know if you try it :)

  • Debra Guillen May 18, 2016, 9:48 am

    I’d like to try the Colorful Asian Noodle Salad recipe.

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:30 pm

      Thank you Debra! And thanks for stopping by!

  • Jennifer May 18, 2016, 11:34 am

    This looks DIVINE

  • sarah May 18, 2016, 11:37 am

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:25 pm

      Thank you! Let me know if you do, I’d love to hear what you think!

  • Leah May 18, 2016, 11:53 am

    The almond butter chocolate chip cookies! And the crunchy cornflakes chicken!

  • Sara Lea May 18, 2016, 12:02 pm

    This salad looks really delicious. I can’t wait to try it. The pumpkin muffins look sooo tempting! Just found your blog. Its really nice. I’m looking forward to getting your email updates!

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:24 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by Sara! And thank you for signing up for email updates! I can’t wait to share more of my recipes with you :) Let me know if you try any of them! I’d love to hear how they come out for you.

  • Rachel R May 18, 2016, 12:16 pm

    looks delicious!!!

  • Rachel May 18, 2016, 3:48 pm

    Looks colorful and delicious. Can’t wait to try.

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:18 pm

      Thank you! Thanks for stopping by Rachel!

  • Tali May 18, 2016, 7:28 pm

    Looks simple and delicious!

    • Samantha May 18, 2016, 9:16 pm

      Hi Tali! It is! Let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear.

  • Jessie | Kitschen Cat May 19, 2016, 8:48 am

    Love this! I’m always looking for new recipes to add to my collection of #whatshouldIbringtothepotlucktonight :)

  • Ester May 19, 2016, 9:03 am

    I’m going to try the whole wheat pancakes for dinner tonight!
    Thank you :)

  • Beth May 19, 2016, 10:02 am

    Looks delicious – thanks!

  • Aunt Ilene May 19, 2016, 10:44 am

    Samantha. Your site is amazing!!

  • Samantha May 19, 2016, 4:20 pm

    Already pinned this recipe, I must make it….it looks so delicious! I’ve also had your Beef Stew with Parsnips pinned for ages….it’s a little too hot now to make it but I’m hoping for a cold day just for an excuse to make it.

  • Heather May 19, 2016, 5:28 pm

    The Rainbow Roasted Vegetables look good. I love this rice cooker, mine broke so I could really use it.

  • Cathleen King May 19, 2016, 5:45 pm

    I like Onion Roasted Chicken recipe.

  • Jill shepherd May 19, 2016, 8:28 pm

    Thank you, I can’t wait to make the salad. Everything
    Looks and sounds soooo good.

  • Willette Mitchell May 20, 2016, 12:24 am

    The Paprika Chicken and Rice looks really delicious!!

  • Faye Gates May 20, 2016, 3:33 am

    I would love to make the VEGGIE BAGEL SANDWICH. We don’t eat land animals. It does look great!

  • Julie Murphy May 20, 2016, 4:25 am

    I would like the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

  • Dotty J Boucher May 20, 2016, 4:25 am

    Thank You for this wonderful opportunity to enter for this rice cooker.

  • Dotty J Boucher May 20, 2016, 4:26 am
  • Amy Heffernan May 20, 2016, 5:40 am

    The Beef Stew with Parsnips! I would add rice to it! yum! Thanks!

  • Kristi Kellberg May 20, 2016, 5:51 am

    I would love to try the Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Crunchy
    Cornflakes Chicken. All of the recipes look yummy. I’m gad I could sign up to receive

  • Morgan Hood May 20, 2016, 8:14 am

    YUM! That sounds delicious!!!!!!!

  • Rhonda W G. May 20, 2016, 8:25 am

    The Strawberry Avocado Salad with Sweet Lemon Vinaigrette sounds really good. Perfect for the upcoming strawberry season!

  • dong May 20, 2016, 9:32 am

    nice rice cooker and receipe

  • S May 20, 2016, 11:28 am

    I love the idea of this company’s product.

  • Janice Pittenger May 20, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Love rice with most meals. Thanks for the chance

  • Clay L. May 20, 2016, 3:29 pm

    I really enjoy cooking with a rice cooker

  • Carolyn Barnett May 20, 2016, 8:01 pm

    I want to try Creamy Tortellini Soup

  • Ancilla Jagdeo May 20, 2016, 10:32 pm

    Thank you for this recipe, I never thought of putting Craisins in rice!

  • aaron Matteson May 21, 2016, 9:39 am

    sweet-and-spicy-chicken-marinade/ mmm chicken

  • Amber Deuel May 21, 2016, 11:55 am

    Chocolate almond clusters!! My daughter married a Jewish man, love your site, this is all new to us!!

  • Edmond May 21, 2016, 7:52 pm

    Good Golly Miss Molly , luv the delicious recipe. Wow, prize cookier is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me

  • Lushka Smith May 22, 2016, 8:18 am

    I commented on paprika chicken and rice.

  • Hannah C May 22, 2016, 3:57 pm
  • Brandon Sparks May 23, 2016, 9:58 pm

    I would really like to make the Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Kathleen S. May 24, 2016, 11:56 am

    This recipe looks good! :) I commented on the ravioli soup.

  • Annmarie W. May 24, 2016, 3:35 pm

    I’d also love to try your Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken!

  • Breanna Pollard May 24, 2016, 4:42 pm

    The Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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