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  • Makes 4 bowls

This impressive and satisfying rice salad is surprisingly easy to make. Hands-on time is minimal, and it’s served in individual bowls with no chilling required. A creamy, tangy dressing pulls everything together.

Thai Rice Salad Bowl - Vegan Thai Recipe

Ingredients

Almond Butter-Lime Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1½ teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Bowls
  • ¾ cup dry brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 8-oz. sweet potatoes, cut lengthwise into wedges
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 medium red and/or yellow bell peppers, cut into strips
  • ½ cup bias-sliced scallions (green onions)
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine all Almond Butter-Lime Dressing ingredients. Whisk well, adding water, 1 Tbsp. at a time (about ¼ cup total), to make drizzling consistency. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine rice and 2 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 35 to 40 minutes or until tender and water is absorbed, stirring in the edamame the last 5 minutes of cooking. Stir in the chopped cilantro.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 15×10-inch baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Arrange sweet potato wedges on prepared pan. Roast about 20 minutes or until tender, brushing with water and turning once.
  4. In shallow bowls arrange sweet potatoes, cabbage, bell peppers, and scallions. Top with a scoop of brown rice mixture. Drizzle with sriracha sauce and top with cilantro sprigs. Serve with lime wedges and Almond Butter-Lime Dressing on the side.

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(4.83 from 18 votes)
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Teri3 months ago
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I’m on trial basis.

Lisa Corey5 months ago
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After 1 month of plant-based diet, this is my favorite recipe so far!
You have to try it

Laurie7 months ago
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SO GOOD! Even my meat-loving husband loved it!

Avery7 months ago
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I made this for my weekly lunch prep. Because I wanted it to make 5 servings, I added very lightly steamed snap peas. This recipe is delicious! I also added sliced Persian cucumber and added the dressing in the mornings before going to work. Because I was making this for me alone, I found it easier to add the sriracha directly to the dressing. I will make this again.

Haley7 months ago
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Two stars because the dressing was delicious but maybe rice or grain bowls are just not for me. I love salads. I love purple cabbage in my salads. I love edamame in most things. I love Thai food. This seemed like it would have been a home run for me in terms of flavors. The only thing I did differently was I used white rice instead. It was just okay. Totally edible and all but nothing special. I think it could be delicious if the veggies were stir fried instead.

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This was delicious. While the recipe doesn’t list adding water to the dressing, it does tell you to do that in the instructions. Don’t miss that or your dressing won’t be pour-able. We LOVED this. We substituted black beans for the edamame since that is what we had and it worked out fine. Highly recommend.

Louise Golub7 months ago
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DRESSING???

Susan Dandrea7 months ago
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Almond Butter Lime Dressing in recipe

Sheilah9 months ago
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My husband was surprised – he loved this! He’s not a fan of raw cabbage but said this provided just the right amount of crunch. This is a keeper.

Breanna9 months ago
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I’m so glad I made this receipe. It was so delicious. I love the sauce. I used peanut butter instead of almond butter. I also made 4 times the amount of sauce instead of 1 serving. One serving of sauce was not enough for how much this recipe makes. This is one of my favorite recipes now.

Jen10 months ago
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Peanut sauce is so good! Raw veggies add just the right amount of crunch! Made it for my friends & they all want the recipe!

Tim10 months ago
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Delicious sauce! It would make any food tasty!
I think I will thin it down more next time, though.

Linda S11 months ago
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Absolutely delicious! I substituted peanut butter for the almond butter as I was out. My dressing was tasty but too thick to drizzle! Will try almond butter next time

Anne11 months ago
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This recipe is the bomb. It looks like a lot of elements, but considering that you’re only having to cook the rice and the yams, it’s super easy! The mix of flavors from the sriracha and almond butter dressing is SO delish!

Mike11 months ago
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Very good and simple – which is how it should be! Instead of baking potatoes, I put them in the microwave. Yes…lose some of the nutritional value, but that’s fine…I’m cool with that as the time saving is also an important benefit.

For brown rice…this method below works perfectly 100% of the time.

Fill a pan with enough water to double cover the rice. Eye-ball it. For 2 cups, at least half-way up a big pot. Boil the water. I either cover the pot to get the water boiling faster, or boil water in a kettle and add it to the pot.

In the meantime, wash the brown rice well. I use a strainer to wash it. You’ll need the strainer later.

When the water in the pot is boiling, add the rice.

Cook uncovered for 27 minutes. Yes…27 minutes is the magical number. Doesn’t matter if you have 1 cup or 5 cups.

After 27 minutes, drain the water. I use that fine strainer and dump the water out and let the rice sit in the strainer. Shake the strainer to remove as much water as possible. Work fast.

Put the rice back in the pot. Cover with a lid. If you have one of those lids with a hole that lets the steam out, cover that hole.

Put the pot off the heat. So put it on another burner that is cool.

Leave for about 5 minutes covered.

Super easy. And works 100% of the time. Perfect brown rice every time.

Rachel11 months ago
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Can’t wait to try! Any suggestions on subbing almond butter? Can’t do cashew, either. 🙁

Nancy3 months ago
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how about tahini? which is sesame butter

Rebecca10 months ago
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I made my own almond butter in my Vitamix, after my husband finished off the jar I had bought for this recipe. It was delicious!

Maureen11 months ago
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Sunbutter?

Annette11 months ago
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There is a soy based butter that is really good Wowbutter

CAROL11 months ago
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Rachel, maybe tahini would work instead of nut butter. This bowl looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

Tracey1 year ago
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Freakin AMAZING!!

Olivia1 year ago
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This is my favourite wfpb meal. It tastes so good along with the benefits of improving my mood, energy levels and health all round, that I’m dancing with joy!

Sherri1 year ago
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Looks delicious! Fyi, you entirely left the edamame out of your instructions. Do you eat them thawed, blanched, or how?

Nancy11 months ago
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The recipe says to stir them in at the end of cooking the rice.

Rachel1 year ago
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I made this bowl for our family (including 2 small kids) recently and it was such a hit. Its got a bit of everything & the flavours work so well together especially topped with the delicious dressing. After everyone repeatedly said they loved it, we will definitely be making this one again. Thank you FOK!

Sonal1 year ago
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Very tasty Thai nut sauce.

Cindi Martin1 year ago
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This was in the 100 Best Recipes of the FOK magazine, and it definitely deserves to be. It’s a great combination of flavors and textures, and it looks as good as it tastes when you serve it. Its going on my “heavy rotation” list.

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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens test kitchen before moving into an editorial position within DotDash Meredith. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. McConnell loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen. Find her on LinkedIn.

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