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Paraguayan rice salad or ensalada de arroz is a refreshing side dish made with bright, zesty flavors and fresh veggies. Perfect for any time of the year.
Pollerías in Paraguay are street stalls that sell roasted chicken. In our town you can drive on the main street and see stacks of chickens skewered on a spit and rotated over an open fire.
These places sell chicken with boiled cassava roots, and rice salad.
It is a simple meal, delicious, and cheap. Something our family enjoys during the weekends.
Rice salad is very inexpensive, great for potlucks, or if you are feeding large groups.
How to make it
I'm sure you have many of the ingredients for this salad in your pantry.
Rice would be the main one. In Paraguay we use parboiled rice. I bought some from our store and it got too sticky. Good for Chinese food, but not for this salad.
We usually use basmati rice, and I found that this works great for making rice salad.
An array of fresh veggies. The most common ones are corn, shredded carrots, green peppers, and parsley.
All of this comes together with a splash of lemon juice and McCormick® Mayonesa with Lime Juice.
I'm very happy to partner with McCormick® Mayonesa with Lime Juice for this recipe.
When we came back to the US my kids would make comments on how the ingredients here were different from the ones in Paraguay, and one of those was mayonnaise.
But with McCormick® Mayonesa with Lime Juice, a product that uses the identical formula as Mexico, and it is imported from Mexico, we get a taste of home.
We were happy to find it at our Kroger grocery store in the condiments aisle.
For best flavor, make it about 30 minutes or so before you serve it and set aside or refrigerate to allow the flavors to meld.
McCormick® Mayonesa with Lime Juice comes with a hint of lime for a tangy twist. In my opinion, it had just the right amount of lime or limón, but if you want a stronger lime flavor, add the juice of 1 lime.
In many Paraguayan homes, Sundays are for asados or barbecue. It brings families together.
The guys usually sit outside and start making the fire to grill some meat or chicken.
The women gather around the kitchen table to make rice salad, boil some cassava, and make cornbread.
The kids run around, sweating because is hot and humid.
A bite of this rice salad made with McCormick® Mayonesa with Lime Juice took us right back to Paraguay.
If you want to know about the ingredients, the nutritional information, and more ideas on how to use McCormick® Mayonesa with Lime Juice, check out the McCormick® site here.
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Paraguayan Rice Salad
- 1/3 cup McCormick® Mayonesa with Lime Juice
- 1 cup long-grain rice (basmati)
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 small bell pepper, diced
- 1 can 15.25 oz corn, drained
- 1 medium carrot, shredded
- 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- juice from 1 lime, optional
- In a medium saucepan, bring rice, water, and salt to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and cook for 10 minutes, or until water evaporates and the rice is soft.
- Remove rice from the pan and place it in a big bowl to cool.
- Once the rice is cool, add the vegetables, parsley, Mayonesa, salt, pepper, and the juice if desired.
- Mix well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight before serving.
This salad looks delicious as a side that you can prepare in advance and enjoy. I’ve never tasted Lima mayonnaise and sounds good! Hope they will sell it soon in my country!
This rice salad looks amazing. would love to taste this dish, I may look for mayo substitution to make this delicious salad.
What a great side dish this is. Easy to make with a fantastic blend of flavors.
Such a tasty rice side dish and so colourful too.
Love all the fresh veggies in this salad! I can't wait to give it a try. Loving that this also works all year long as a main or side dish.
I've never had a rice salad, but omg I love the bright colors and flavors! Thanks so much fro sharing this delicious recipe!
What an easy and yummy summer salad! All those flavors and colors, I love it! As I love mayonesa McCormick, we always have two jars, one in my fridge and one in my pantry.
Anne Marie Leon
Que delicia esta ensalada de arroz Paraguaya con mayonesa, nunca había visto una receta así, además me gusta porque se ve fácil de preparar, muchas gracias!
Espero que la pruebes! sí, súper fácil. 🙂
Tengo una amiga de Paraguay que hace tiempo que no nos juntamos, así que tu ensalada de arroz paraguaya me parece la comida perfecta para ponernos al día pronto!
Sí! claro. Una buena forma de juntarse.
I must confess I have never tried Paraguayan Salad before. I will try to do this fresh salad 🥗 this weekend to enjoy with my family.
It looks so delicious! Can’t wait to make this Paraguayan rice salad, that’s the recipe I was looking for! So easy! Thanks for all the step by step!
I'm glad you find the steps useful!
I am so excited to try this! I love recipes like this, where I can make an extra big batch and use it for a side dish all week long.
That's such a great idea!
This is such a great side dish. Yum!
What a fresh salad! I love that it goes with so many things and is so easy to make!
I'm glad you like it 🙂
I love how tasty this is! Such an amazing side dish!
This was so so so good!!!! I didn't have the mayo, but I added some fresh lime juice to my mayo, and this salad will be on our table often!