Jewelled Persian Rice Salad Recipe

19.11.19 /

Place This Jewelled Persian Rice Salad Centre Stage on Your Christmas Table



2 cups of basmati rice 
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 pomegranate, seeds removed
1 cup dried cranberries
4 radishes, finely sliced
1 cup of almonds, roasted and roughly chopped
1 medium red onion, finely diced
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cumin
1 handful of mint, roughly chopped

2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove of garlic, minced
Salt & pepper


1. Prepare rice by washing until the water runs clear.

2. Add 3 cups of water to a medium-sized saucepan along with the turmeric.

3. Bring rice to the boil, then reduce to low until the water is gone. This should take 10-12 minutes.

4. Remove from heat and allow to stand for two-five minutes. Remove lid and fluff with a fork then set aside to cool.

5, As rice is cooking, roast the almonds for 4-8 minutes at 180 degrees. Check on them so they don’t burn. Once roasted remove and set aside to cool.

6. Prepare the dressing by adding all ingredients to a small jar and shaking to emulsify and set aside.

7. Add the cooled rice to a mixing bowl and toss rice as you pour over dressing gently. This will allow the oil to coat the rice and help it to separate in the salad.

8. Add remaining ingredients, sprinkling the spices over to spread evenly and toss to combine, serve warm or cold. This salad can be made 12-24 hours in advance if kept in a tightly packed airtight container to prevent the rice from drying out.

Image credit: Kate Parker

Source:  thewholefoodcollective.com.au

Parya Zaghand

While I think of myself as an Aussie, I’m also proud as punch of my Iranian heritage. So much so, in 2013, I created a business built around the mouth-watering delicacies of Persia; bringing you flavours of the real Iran. I wanted to create a space at the table for the golden-petaled spice: Persian Saffron.