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Looking for a new twist on an old favorite side dish for easy entertaining?  You’ve come to the right place.  This might be something that your mom or grandma used to make, but somehow it got a bit lost over the years.  Today it is still very easy to make and it is the perfect solution for the busy host.  However, when we are on holiday and looking for an easy side dish to our braai or barbeque, this is a favorite go-to-recipe.  

Braai or Barbeque Side Dish

Festive Salad Ideas

Looking Festive

Difficulty:  Easy – even for beginner cooks.

Is it expensive to make?  Not at all.

Using only the basic ingredients makes for a fabulous salad, but there are more options. 

However, let us start with the original recipe:

Festive Rice Salad


  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Cup Frozen corn
  • 1 pct Bacon
  • 4 small Carrots
  • 1 or 2 teasp. Spice for Rice
  • Cooked Rice

This is perfect for using up those leftover rice from last night.

Ideas for leftover rice


Fluff cooked rice with a fork and let cool to almost room temperature.

Saute the following in a bit of butter and olive oil:

Red Onion, Rindless Bacon, (all finely chopped) and Grated Carrot

Now add:

Frozen sweet Kernel Corn (heat through)

Take from heat and add:

The already cooked rice as well as a teaspoon or two of Spice for Rice.

(Do not discard the sauce in the pan, as all the flavor is in there.)

Mix everything and serve.

Warm Rice Recipe

What makes for the perfect festive look

It is all about presentation and color.  Our serving suggestion would be to serve it in a beautiful glass or ceramic bowl or platter. 

  • Top it off with fresh parsley and a few hard-boiled eggs as decoration.
  • For extra color and decoration, just before serving, you can also add Green, Yellow, and/or Red Bell Peppers – This will make it look pretty.  But if you use carrot, peas, and red pepper, it is also a pretty color combination.  Play around with color and your favorite ingredients.  (Who said you can’t play with your food…  LOL)

More ideas and options

You can also add:

Green beans, Frozen peas, Viennas, Ham, or really anything you have in the cupboard, and everything you love… The more color the more festive it looks.

Or only use the corn and bacon, if you like it that way.

This can also be a light meal or snack for the family when on holiday.  We like to serve it at room temperature, but you can serve this as a hot or cold rice salad.

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Warm rice salad with bacon

Trying our recipe for your festive table?  Share a photo on our Facebook page.  We love to get feedback and swap more ideas.  Especially to see our recipes being made and enjoyed all around the world.