Creamy Coconut-Lime Rice Salad

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4 Beginner 20 min 20 min 40 min

Dive into a bowl of Creamy Coconut-Lime Rice Salad, where tropical dreams meet creamy indulgence.

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Coconut milk has been a staple in tropical regions for centuries and is celebrated for its rich texture and health benefits, including boosting the immune system.

Embrace the tropical vibes with a saucier spin on the traditional rice salad. This Creamy Coconut-Lime Rice Salad is an invitation to savor the lush embrace of coconut combined with the sharp tanginess of lime. Envision yourself on a distant island where coconuts sway in the gentle breeze and limes sparkle in the sun. Here, the richness of coconut milk envelops each grain of rice, imparting a decadent creaminess and depth of flavor that the original lacked. With the infusion of cilantro and a kiss of chili, this dish becomes an exhilarating escape to a culinary paradise, where each spoonful is a symphony of flavor singing the praises of a tropical feast.

Perfect for days when the heart yearns for beachside indulgence, this sumptuous salad is your ticket to a carefree gastronomic getaway. With its creamy texture and robust flavors, it's a significant leap from the light freshness of its ancestor, but undeniably a leap worth taking for the palate seeking adventure and comfort in one delicious spoonful.


We are taking familiar ingredients and elevating them with a touch of culinary alchemy to produce a creamier, more sumptuous rice salad.

The marriage of coconut and cilantro in this recipe reflects both their nutritional and flavorful contributions to dishes worldwide.

  • 200g of long-grain white rice
  • 400ml of coconut milk
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 30ml of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 100ml of vegetable stock
  • A generous handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of chili flakes (optional)
  • 100g of Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt for a vegan variant


Transforming the Chilled Cilantro-Lime Rice Salad into a creamier delicacy is simple with these indulgent steps.

  1. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear to remove excess starch.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the coconut milk and vegetable stock to a light boil. Add the rice and cook covered on a low simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and let it sit covered for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the warm rice with lime zest, lime juice, and extra-virgin olive oil.
  5. Mix in the chopped red onion, diced green bell pepper, and fresh cilantro.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of chili flakes if using.
  7. Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, fold in the Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt until well combined.
  8. Cover and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving to let the flavors meld.
  9. Give it a final stir, adjust the seasoning if necessary, and serve with a garnish of additional cilantro.

Add some extra love

Add a scoop of this creamy salad over mixed greens for a nourishing and fulfilling lunch, or pair it with grilled seafood for a more complex dinner option.

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