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6 Scrumptious Rice Salads for Potlucks and Picnics

If you are looking for a winning potluck side dish, a hearty rice salad is a great dish to bring. Add your favorite summer veggies, meats, and beans for a satisfying side. Here are 6 delicious recipes for you to try.

1. Insalata di Riso (Italian Rice Salad)

Rave Review: "This makes a great summer lunch, dinner, or picnic salad. The recipe as written is a great launching recipe - add anything you want or delete anything you don't want. You can make it vegetarian or add the meat and tuna. I added some chopped onion and a pinch of red pepper flakes for more flavor, and some chopped celery and red bell pepper for crunch." -- Mike H

Insalata di Riso (Italian Rice Salad)

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

2. Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad

Rave Review: " I used white balsamic vinegar and loved the mild and pleasant sweet flavor combined with the tang of the Dijon mustard. The feta cheese was the crown jewel tying it all together. I liked it best after it was chilled. I will make this again without a doubt." -- Linda (LMT)

Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad

Photo by Linda (LMT)

3. Orzo and Wild Rice Salad

Rave Review: "Loved this salad. I made it for a function at work and it was loved by all. I did sub out the currants and instead used golden raisins. Upped the vinegar and dijon mustard. I dressed it shortly before we ate so that the pasta and rice wouldn't absorb all of the dressing and get lost. I will make this again for summer backyard BBQ's." -- Avon- status quo PRO

Orzo and Wild Rice Salad

Photo by SunnyDaysNora

4. Eastern Rice Salad

Rave Review: "Absolutely delicious! I served it with grilled tuna steaks and sourdough, it was a total hit. Everyone had additional helpings and kept commenting how yummy it was!" -- HUNGRYBETH

Eastern Rice Salad

Photo by abbaplez

5. Mexican Bean and Rice Salad

Rave Review: "I served this at a party and it was a hit. Great dish for an outdoor party. We ate it with tortilla chips." -- LEAHCMM

Mexican Bean and Rice Salad

Photo by edjroberts

6. Nutty Brown Rice Salad Photo

Rave Review: "I love this salad! So healthy and yummy! I took it to a picnic and everyone loved it! Even my 7-year-old! After reading other reviews, I did add a little more dressing and it turned out great! Great leftovers too!" -- ejbreth

Nutty Brown Rice Salad

Photo by hollyinvermont

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.