Temari Rabbit Bento Bowl #33

A rice salad scaled down from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook (12th ed., 1980), apple wedges, and a makeshift chocolate peanut butter dip to go with the apple.

I was looking for something else when I ran across this salad recipe and realized I had everything on hand to make it and it was incidentally vegan (except for the ham, which I had a vegan version of ready and waiting and already open due to the Russian salad I made earlier this week). I was intrigued.

It may not look like much, but I couldn't stop eating it. It stayed delightful overnight so it worked really well as an overnight meal. And, as Fannie Farmer notes, it is a great base recipe worthy of endless variation. I feel like my photo doesn't do it justice.

If you want to keep yourself in bounds, though, like me you'll need to make a smaller batch. Here's how.

Basic Rice Salad
Serves about 3

1 1/2 cups cooked rice (I used a short grain white rice)
1/2 cup thin strips of veggie ham (I used Sweet Earth Harmless Ham)
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed if your rice is cold
1/2 of a 4-oz. jar of pimentos, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped scallions or chives
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped dried or fresh parsley
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Additional salt and pepper to taste

Put cooked rice (best if still warm), veggie ham, peas, pimentos, scallions or chives, and parsley in a mixing bowl; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk vinegar and salt and allow to sit to dissolve for a few minutes. Add pepper, then slowly whisk in the oil, adding in a small stream. Add mustard and mix until well blended.

Add dressing to the mixing bowl and combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.


  1. Sounds delicious! I saw the harmless ham at Target recently; I'll have to grab it the next time I'm there so I can try this!

    1. I also like Yves veggie ham, if Harmless Ham doesn't end up appealing to you!

  2. That salad sounds great! I love a good rice salad, and I love a good vegan ham! I normally use Tofurky slices for ham here.
    I also love the chocolate PB dip for apple slices.

    1. Tofurky would work out fine here. I wish I lived closer to the home of Tofurky because they supposedly make all sorts of things I never see, like roast beef. Someday maybe I'll get to try it.

  3. Oooh the rice salad sounds amazing! Rice salad is always great because it is delicious, hearty and keeps well. Apples with peanut butter is so classic and delicious, make it a chocolate peanut butter dip and it's even better!!

    1. I have made some terrible rice salads in my life but I am learning now and lately I've loved the ones I've made.


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