Mango and Coconut Rice Salad

Mango and Coconut Rice Salad

Mango and Coconut Rice Salad

We all blog for different reasons, but today I am writing this post as a welcome diversion from a task that has been consuming every ounce of my energy and time for the last month – packing and moving! Why, do we accumulate so much stuff?  Honestly folks, since I have started blogging, I have accumulated a mountain of food-blogging stuff, most of which has found its new home in a stack of boxes that will be stored for the next few months while our new home is being built. So, as you can glean from this, I will be winding down Foodie on Board for a few months. I plan to post the last few recipes waiting in the wings, and then take a break until we move into our new home. Why not blog from your temporary kitchen, you ask? Well, our temporary condo is the size of a postage stamp, and has virtually no photographable light! Dark, dark, dark!   Never fear though, our new home is flooded with gorgeous light and I can’t wait to see what miracles that light will perform. Not only that, the new kitchen is a dream, and I promise I will be cooking up a storm there, once we get re-established.

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe, though! This is one of those perfect dishes to take along to all of the picnics and barbeques you will be attending over the summer months. The layers of flavours pair perfectly with almost any protein and will complement all of the other salads on the table. I found this recipe in “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi and the first time I made it I couldn’t find the red rice. I used brown basmati and Thai black rice and it was just gorgeous! I suggest you play with the various kinds of rice you have in your cupboard.

I haven’t attended Fiesta Friday for a few weeks now, so I can’t wait to bring a big bowl of my rice salad over to the hottest virtual blog party in town. I am really looking forward to re-connecting with our lovely host, Angie, our talented co-hosts and all of the other super amazing guests over there. Come and join us, there!

This is perfect picnic food!

This is perfect picnic food!

Mango and Coconut Rice Salad


2/3 cup Jasmine or basmati rice

1 teaspoon unsalted butter


1 1/3 cup water (scant)

1 cup loosely packed Thai basil

1 cup Thai red rice

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons mint leaves, roughly chopped

2/3 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1 fresh red chile, seeded and finely chopped

Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 large mango or 2 smaller ones, cut into a 1-inch dice

½ cup roasted salted peanuts, roughly chopped

2/3 cup flaked coconut

2 tablespoons peanut oil

¾ cup crisp-fried shallots (homemade or bought)


Rinse the basmati rice in a strainer and shake well to dry. Place the rice, butter, salt, water and half the basil (stems attached) in a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for approximately 13 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the basil. Remove the rice to a large bowl to cool. Gently flake with a fork to separate the grains.

Cook the red rice in plenty of boiling water and a bit of salt. After 20 minutes, check to see if it is al dente. Drain the water and spread rice on a tray to cool.

Pick off the leaves of the remaining basil and chop them roughly. Place them in a large bowl. Add the 2 kinds of rice and the remaining ingredients, except for the shallots. Stir just to mix. Be careful not to over-stir, or the mangos will go mushy.

Taste to adjust the seasoning. Place in serving bowls and garnish with the shallots and extra peanuts.

*Note: I made this with brown basmati and Thai black sweet rice the first time that I made it and it was delicious! Play with different kinds of rice.

I can't wait to make this again! I hope you enjoy it too!

I can’t wait to make this again! I hope you enjoy it too!




33 Responses to “Mango and Coconut Rice Salad”

  1. Allthatcooking

    Thai basil, mint, cilantro in my herb garden and I do have the rest of the ingredients. A lovely summer salad! Hope the move goes well.

  2. Natalie Browne

    This is my kind of salad, Julianna. I love all the different flavours and textures. I’ll definitely be bookmarking recipe 🙂

  3. Hilda

    Lovely salad and perfect for summer. We will miss you while you are off, but good luck with the move and the house-building, and we’ll see you when you’re ready!

  4. Cynthia

    Such a tropical salad! Sounds delicious and perfectly summer ready! Thanks for the inspriation and happy FF!


    I love to see different versions of salads for the summer – everything is so fresh right now. Have fun moving – I have acquired a ton of kitchen gadgets and cookbooks, thanks to blogging as well. Luckily I have a big kitchen, big basement and lots of storage space. Have a good weekend and I look forward to your future posts in your new home 🙂

    • chefjulianna

      Yes, I just love collecting all of those amazing gadgets to help create that perfect dish! Right now I am feeling just a little bit conflicted about all of my lovely kitchen possessions but I know I will appreciate them when I get into the new house and my lovely new kitchen! Glad to know that I am not the only foodie with lots of kitchen stuff! Have a wonderful summer, Judi! 😀

  6. carolinescookingblog

    Your salad looks lovely and colorful, and with mango, lime and herbs in there, I’m sold on it! Good luck with the move and enjoy the bread from the blog!

  7. Patty Nguyen

    The colors in your salad are so vibrant! Also…I feel you on the “so much stuff” issue. We re-did the flooring of my living and dining room a few months ago. Just moving everything around made me want to get rid of so much of my stuff! 😉

    • chefjulianna

      Hey Patty! I don’t know why, but it has been a constant struggle all of my life, and I don’t even think I have that much stuff compared to some people that I know…. anyway I think that many of us struggle with “stuff”! I hope to have less of it when I move into my new home. 😀

  8. Les

    Good for you Julianna ….. !!!!
    Got a recipe in – even with the move !!!
    Hope the move went well !!!!

    • chefjulianna

      Hey Les! Well, I guess that I needed some distraction from all of the hard work… too much cleaning and packing and re-packing and storing! Yuck! Blogging is much more fun! Have a great week! 😀

  9. Pang {circahappy}

    This big bowl of yummy looking rice will have to hold me until you have your new kitchen, Julianna. Good luck with the move & have fun organizing your new home. I can’t wait to see what your new kitchen will bring to the blog. xoxo

  10. petra08

    Moving, no matter what is always a bit of a trauma! I can’t even count the nr of times I went to the charity shop last time and I stll found stuff that I shouldn’t have moved!
    In the end it was all worth it and I am sure your new home will look amazing!
    Your salad looks delicious, I love mango and especially in a salad! And with coconut, even better! Have a good week! 🙂

  11. spiceinthecity

    That is one gorgeous bowl of salad Julianna, so vibrant & so packed with flavor!! All the best with the move and wish you lots of joy in your new home! xx

  12. milkandbun

    Hello Julianna! Hope you are fine with the move and new house-very happy for you!
    This recipe sounds interesting to me, never tried to combine all those ingredients! 😀 Must try!

  13. Lynz Real Cooking

    Wow this looks amazing! I love the interesting and delicious touches, basil and mint! Love it. I also like Jasmine rice and have used it allot! I hope your move is easy!

  14. Margherita

    Can you believe that I’m making this rice salad tonight??? It is almost November, but I don’t care… when rice is around the calendar doesn’t count!

  15. chefjulianna

    Ha ha!! So glad to hear that you are breaking the “seasons” rule and trying out the recipe !! I hope you loved it as much as we did, Margy! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  16. Geraldine

    easy to make and looks so delish. what’s not to love? I can’t think of many salads that I DON’T like. 😉

    All the best in 2016 Julianna. I commented back on your comment at Veggies too.


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