Vegan Persian Rice Salad

A delicious, Persian style sweet and savoury salad based off almonds, raisins and fragrant basmati rice. Perfect eaten hot or cold, this salad is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, light and fresh- Perfect for any meal, especially a mother’s day brunch!

Vegan Persian Rice Salad- A delicious, Persian style sweet and savoury salad based off almonds, raisins and fragrant basmati rice. Perfect eaten hot or cold, this salad is vegan, gluten free and light and fresh- Perfect for any meal, especially a mother's day brunch! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

“The Persians invented Turkish Delight”

So I was tempted to name this post ‘Crapola my my mum says’ but I’m halfway across the world from her and she’d find a way to virtually chase me with a wooden spoon

I don’t want to sound stereotypical here but statements like that is non uncommon amongst most members of my mum’s side of the family- How the Persians invented well….everything

Vegan Persian Rice Salad- A delicious, Persian style sweet and savoury salad based off almonds, raisins and fragrant basmati rice. Perfect eaten hot or cold, this salad is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, light and fresh- Perfect for any meal, especially a mother's day brunch! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

“This ice cream is SO good!” (Eaten in Little Italy)

“Persian ice cream is the best. They use real rosewater in it” 

{The ice cream from Little Italy had REAL cream and REAL fruit}

“French Baguette bread doesn’t taste very good the day after. It’s like a rock”

“Persian baguettes can last a good week and still taste fresh!”

{Wrong. You can decapitate someone with a baguette in Iran}

“I could live off Lindt Chocolates if only they weren’t so expensive!”

“You should try Persian chocolates- It’s melt in your mouth!”

{In Iran, my sister and I broke our teeth eating the chocolate there. It was like decorative chocolate}

“Urgh, my school bag broke!” (My ‘Australian made’ bag)

“Persian bags never break. I’ve had this duffle bag for years!”

(It said MADE IN CHINA) 

You get my point. Every complaint I had, every remark I had or every question I had- The Persians had one up on me. 

Vegan Persian Rice Salad- A delicious, Persian style sweet and savoury salad based off almonds, raisins and fragrant basmati rice. Perfect eaten hot or cold, this salad is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, light and fresh- Perfect for any meal, especially a mother's day brunch! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

While my mum’s claims stand unjustified for the most part, she still possesses a heart of  (Persian sought after) gold and has always been that way. In honour of her and mother’s day, I’m sharing this Vegan Persian Rice salad. 

This Persian Rice Salad is a flavour and texture lover’s dream. Flavour wise, it is sweet, salty, savoury and slightly spicy. Texture wise, it’s crunchy from the slightly salted almonds and chewy from the grated carrots and soft raisins. It’s incredibly versatile as it can be eaten hot or cold, with an entree or even on it’s own. Bonus- It’s completely vegan and gluten free so our bases are covered!

For the rice, I recommend you base it off my extra fluffy basmati rice as the coconut flavour compliments it well but that is optional. If not, this rice makes a great (and quick!) substitute!

Make this Vegan Persian Rice Salad and if it’s not delicious, your tastebuds aren’t Persian enough. 

Vegan Persian Rice Salad- A delicious, Persian style sweet and savoury salad based off almonds, raisins and fragrant basmati rice. Perfect eaten hot or cold, this salad is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, light and fresh- Perfect for any meal, especially a mother's day brunch! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

“Mum, I’m sharing a Persian rice salad in honour of mother’s day”

“I don’t like that salad. Why add raisins and almonds to rice?”

Thanks mum. 

Vegan Persian Rice Salad
A delicious, Persian style sweet and savoury salad based off almonds, raisins and fragrant basmati rice. Perfect eaten hot or cold, this salad is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, light and fresh- Perfect for any meal!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked basmati rice, cooled (I used my fluffy coconut basmati rice)
  2. 1/2 tsp saffron
  3. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  4. pinch turmeric
  5. red pepper flakes (optional)
  6. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  7. 1/4 cup golden raisins
  8. 1/4 cup slivered or whole smoked almonds
  9. Lemon juice to top (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled basmati rice and add the saffron, sea alt, turmeric and red pepper flakes and mix well.
  2. Stir through the shredded carrots, golden raisins and smoked almonds and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Top with lemon juice and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Salad can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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81 thoughts on “Vegan Persian Rice Salad

  1. Arman, this looks delicious! I will definitely make it soon.

    Congratulations on your big adventure in the U.S…enjoy!

    June

  2. Bahaha your mom sounds awesome! I love that you’re sharing a Mother’s Day recipe…that she doesn’t even like.
    But, I have to disagree with Momma on this one…almonds and raisins BELONG to rice like peanut butter to jelly.
    You understand. Pinned!

  3. Gah silly Internet ate up my comment. I’d love to see your mom with my grandmother- it would be a massive showdown between India & Persia: Who created _____ first! This rice bowl looks so yum & actually reminds me of the Indian rice dish known as biryani. Although most of the time, biryani also includes some kind of meat, especially mutton.

  4. Hahahaha! I totally want to meet Mama Arman! The part about the bag made it China totally made me crack up laughing this morning. Well written post, mate! Also, I think you need to rename this recipe. I don’t see lettuce. This clearly isn’t a salad. Quit filling the interwebs with lies! 🙂

  5. Your mom sounds like a real character! I’m glad you can laugh along, or at least I think you’re laughing along 🙂 I will have to disagree with her though on the salad. I think the raisin and almond addition is great!

  6. My mom would probably say that the Polish invented Turkish delight… or at least some better version of it 😆 I can’t even fault her for it, though, because a lot of foods DO taste better outside of North America. I have no idea what they’re doing to our food here, but it’s kind of scary to think about how many foods are banned in other countries and legal In the States…

  7. Is it weird that I read all your Persian comments in Reza’s voice? (from Shahs of Sunset)

    Also I laughed so hard at the thought of your mom chasing you with a wooden spoon! And this rice salad sounds delightful – spicy, sweet, salty – perfection!

  8. See, now THIS is my kind of salad.
    And while my mom isn’t nearly as funny as yours, she does go on quite a tangent about “fat free” foods a lot. Its annoying as hell.
    Fat free foods are less calories!
    Fat free foods are better for you!
    You won’t get fat from fat free foods!
    Oh my gosh mom do you know its 2015 and that “fat free” crazy was like, 10 years ago?!

  9. I have no idea who invented Turkey delight for real, but I tried to make it once in college and failed miserably. That was also in my hot-pocket-turkey-sandwich days, so I guess I can’t really blame myself.

  10. I have this for lunch at work whenever the kitchen sends it to us! Instead of rice, they use couscous but it’s just as good! Thanks for the recipe! My family is Polish so whenever I asked my mom for new socks because mine were only holes, she gave me the newspaper…

  11. You post made me smile!!! You mom sounds amazing and so fun. And this rise? Amazing just as well!! I’m loving everything about it and I’m thinking this is something my whole family will love. Tell your mom that a family in San Diego is loving the recipe!!

  12. Pinning this 🙂 It’s clearly taste and texture! One cannot succeed without the other!
    What a good son you are! My mum doesn’t give me any room for creativity either. She texted me the other day that for Mother’s Day she wants a cake filled with pudding. Okay mum, challenge accepted – not that I had any chance 😛
    And expertise based on heritage? Sure! Beer 😉

  13. Love your repping of the Persian roots here, Arman! That’s a dish I know all too well thanks to my mom and grandmother as well, and you’ve really taken it up a notch! 🙂

  14. Who invented Turkish Delight? I’m not touching that one, no way. Passions run way too high.

    When my spouse returned from his last Iraq deployment he was raving about some rice dish with almonds and raisins that he’d eat when meeting with local officials. He got a rough recipe from one of his translators, but it wasn’t enough for me to make it.

    Thanks for this, Aunty Arman!

  15. And I adore this recipe, even the raisins and I’m not a huge raisin girl. I can see why they’d work wonderfully here though especially with the crunch of the almonds and the shredded carrots. I need to make this stat!

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  17. I didn’t have saffron so I used about 1 tsp of curry powder instead. I also added a can of chickpeas for some extra protein. Turned out great. Next time I may add more raisins and almonds.

  18. I just discovered your blog and have been reading it and going through your recipes for the last hour – love it!! Seriously, all of it! Trying this Persian rice tomorrow and then move on to all the delicious looking desserts. Can’t wait! 🙂

  19. Seriously this looks so good, i can’t wait to try it! But I have the silliest remark ever I think: I can’t find the recipe…? I see so many wonderful photo’s but no recipe nor list of ingredients? What am I missing? Please help me! xxx

    1. Right – something totally spooky is going on but the recipe just reappeared after refreshing the page a couple of times..So weird! But more importantly: I am going to make this a.s.a.p.! Thank you so much for this great post! (and all your other mouthwatering recipes…;-))

  20. I made this just as instructed by you, also using the fluffy coconut basmati rice { sooo nice }. I used pecans as I had no sliced almonds and added home made bacon flavoured coconut. Ate this on a rocket/ arugula salad with falafel and yogurt sauce. Thank you so much for your dinner inspiration. DELICIOUS.

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