Rice and prawn salad recipe

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  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories225 Kcal11%
Fat5 g7%
Saturated Fat0.7 g4%

The robust flavour of the sun-dried tomato paste and the zingy fresh lime make this rice and prawn salad a winner.

Rice salads are such a great lunchtime treat - tasty and filling. Even better, this one is only 225 calories per portion, so it's ideal for start-of-the-year winter days when you want something satisfying but healthy. This recipe serves six, so it makes a good light family dinner, with a portion or two saved for a working lunch the next day (see tip to do this safely). Top with extra chilli flakes, or sriracha sauce, if you like things extra spicy. Serve with a good handful of watercress for one of your five-a-day.


  • 200g long-grain rice
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • 150g baby corn
  • 6 spring onions, sliced
  • 250g peeled, cooked large prawns
  • Bunch of coriander




  1. Boil the long-grain rice in salted water with pinch of chilli flakes (optional) for 10 mins, or according to packet instructions. Drain and stir in the paprika, sun-dried tomato paste, olive oil and the zest and juice of a lime. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Boil the baby corn for 2 mins, drain and cool in cold water, before roughly slicing. Mix the corn, spring onions, cooked large prawns and a bunch of coriander, leaves only, into the cooled rice and chill until ready to serve.

Top tips for making rice and prawn salad

This recipe serves six but if you are not going to eat it all straight away, store it very carefully to prevent food poisoning. Cold rice that has not been properly cooled can be susceptible to bacteria growth. To prevent this, rather than allowing the rice to cool for 10 minutes, transfer it straight to a shallow, sealed container and cool it immediately in the fridge. Ensure the other ingredients are cool before adding them to the rice, then store the salad in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.