Rice, Pea, & Parsley Salad; heat wave

I love pasta.

Mon mari loves rice.

I’m trying to make more interesting things with rice.

While the internet is stuffed full of pasta salads, there are far fewer rice salads…. And even fewer that interest me.

I had frozen peas and a bunch of parsley…. a lemon that hadn’t been used.


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Rice, Pea, & Parsley Salad

Try something different this summer: Rice Salad. Served warm or chilled, this is a great addition to an outdoor meal or picnic.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken broth
  • 1 cup (5oz, 150gr) frozen peas
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil
  • 1 cup (1oz, 25gr) fresh parsley, chopped


  • Cook rice in broth until done, about 16 minutes.
  • 3 minutes before rice is meant to be done, add frozen peas. Rice will finish very quickly.
  • Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  • In a bowl large enough for the rice whisk lemon juice and mustard.
  • Slowly add olive oil, whisking until it thickens.
  • Add rice / peas and parsley.
  • Stir well to combine
  • Serve warm or chilled.


Use your favorite fresh herb. We like parsley or basil for this.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 367
  • Sugar: 4.6 g
  • Sodium: 683.5 mg
  • Fat: 15.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.6 g
  • Fiber: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 8.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.5 mg

Another favorite: Rice Pilaf with Spinach

Rice and Pea Salad

I’m still waiting to see if my vegetable garden will survive this summer.

I’m not sure if it’s damaged because I over-watered or under-watered or if it was just the heat.

The internet says it can take a week or 2 to recover but it’s not looking good.

This is what it looked like before the last heat wave when temps hit 40C (104F)

It was fine after the first heat wave in June, but it was only hot for a few days then.

During the last one we had high temps for over 10 days.

This is what it looks like in the early morning now:

I think the beans are done but the winter squash don’t look too bad.

That is until afternoon.

This is what it looks like in the afternoon – even on a relatively cool, cloudy day:

Pretty pathetic.

We’re supposed to have another heat wave next week – 38C (100F).

I’m trying to be zen…..

4 thoughts on “Rice, Pea, & Parsley Salad; heat wave”

  1. I think your garden will make a partial recovery from the heat…that’s just me talking from Australian heat/garden experience. It’s sad to see all that wilting I agree

  2. Poor garden. I don’t think I’ve asked, do you water? My garden is tiny so I do water. And my pepper plants seem to be finally growing a tiny bit. Tiny being the operative word. We’re supposed to be in the high 90’s much of this week. We’ll see what all of my flowerbeds and garden look like by Saturday.

    • Normal weather I water every 3 days. Hot weather I water every 2 days. But it was so hot (104) that I started watering every morning, early. I may have over-watered. Or under-watered. Or it was just too darn hot!

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