Fruited Jasmine Rice Salad

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This recipe for fruited Jasmine rice salad has just 5 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to prep and serve! It’ll be a favorite side dish for your family meals. It’s perfect for a meatless meal, too! Come on in to the kitchen and learn how easy it is to make!

Fruited Jasmine Rice Salad #recipe from ItsYummi.com ~ Just 5 ingredients! #vegetarian

I’m a little giddy over this fruited Jasmine rice salad, gang.

For starters, it’s rice.  You know… a carbohydrate.  One of those evil starches that turns to sugar as it breaks down in the body. For me, that’s the junk excess calories are made of, and those calories have given me grief for the past 40 some odd years! SO, when I splurge and treat myself with carbs these days, it’s a pretty big deal.

Secondly, I used a fruit in this dish that until now, I had never tried before. It’s called Carambola, or more commonly, Starfruit.  My friends over at Frieda’s Produce were nice enough to send a few to sample. Frieda’s has a fun campaign running called #FearNoFruit. The idea is probably self explanatory from the hashtag, but basically, it’s a challenge they’re tossing out to everyone, encouraging us to try at least one fruit that scares or intimidates us.  Along with Carambola, Dragonfruit and fingerlimes are on the intimidation list for me, but since I think Starfruit are so pretty, I wanted to try them first.

Fruited Jasmine Rice Salad #recipe from ItsYummi.com ~ Just 5 ingredients! #vegetarian

FOOD FACTS – CARAMBOLA (STARFRUIT)

Starfruit is an oblong, golden-colored fruit with five deep ridges or “wings” running down its length. When cut crosswise, Starfruit has a beautiful star shape. The thin waxy skin is edible, and it covers a golden flesh.  The flavor is tangy and sweet. It reminds me a bit of a cross between pineapple and oranges. The texture of the fruit is a little bit chewy and a little bit crisp. It’s so yummi, and when you cut it crosswise, it makes pretty star shapes!  🙂

Starfruit grows on trees in tropical regions. It origins go to the Phillpines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India. Stateside, they can be found pretty abundantly in Florida and California.

Nutritional Information

  • Starfruit is high in vitamin C and fiber. It’s also known for it anti-inflammatory properties.
  • A 3-inch long Starfruit has only 28 calories, 3 net grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fat (polyunsaturated), and no cholesterol. It’s a dieter’s dream fruit!

Selection & Storage

  • Depending on the variety, Starfruit may turn a pale greenish-yellow to rich gold when ripe. They may have some dark brown along the five ridges – this is normal. The flesh should still be quite firm to the touch. Store at room temperature until ripe and then refrigerate in a covered container.  A fully ripened Starfruit will be more yellow and less green than in my photo, because mine were still a little under ripe.)

As you can see, there’s absolutely NOTHING to be afraid of as far as a Starfruit is concerned, and there are lots of delicious benefits, so I encourage you to head to your local market and get one, then try it in this fruited Jasmine rice salad recipe.

Fruited Jasmine Rice Salad #recipe from ItsYummi.com ~ Just 5 ingredients! #vegetarian

Besides the fruit, I’ve got MORE great things for you to love about my recipe!

  • EASE OF PREPARATION – This little gem has only 5 ingredients, and it cooks up in one pot.  Hello convenience 🙂
  • SECRET, CALORIE-STRIPPING INGREDIENT – A lot of the summer salads that you’ll see recipes for use mayonnaise or sour cream as a binding agent.  While they’re both delicious ingredients, they’re also loaded with fat and calories.  Instead of using mayo in this recipe, I used a secret weapon of sorts… vanilla flavored, fat free Greek yogurt, and it was a CRAZY good choice!  NO fat and the vanilla flavor paired incredibly well with the fruit.  If you don’t like the taste of vanilla, just use plain Greek yogurt.  In addition to the Starfruit, there’s also crushed pineapple in this dish, giving the creamy rice another kick of natural sweetness.
  • TIME SAVER – This recipe will be ready in less than 30 minutes, and it’s easily adaptable to go from side dish to a vegetarian main dish. Or just add a bit of chopped protein, like chicken, turkey, or pork, and you’ve got a full on meaty, delicious meal!

So what’s not to love about this fruited Jasmine rice salad?

It’s time to get back to having Sunday dinner with the whole family, AT THE TABLE, and this dish will help you get there in a yummi way!

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Fruited Jasmine Rice Salad

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 20 min Yields 4

This fruited Jasmine rice salad has just 5 ingredients, is low fat, low calorie, and takes less than 30 minutes to prep and serve! It'll become your favorite side dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked Jasmine rice (1 cup dry = 2 cups cooked)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons vanilla flavored or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon light mayonnaise (optional)
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1 cup Starfruit, diced

Directions

  1. Cook rice according to directions on packaging. For tastiest results, cook your rice in vegetable or chicken stock instead of water! Once cooked, remove from heat, transfer to a medium sized mixing bowl and all to cool slightly (I put mine into the refrigerator for 10 minutes while I prepped the rest of the ingredients)
  2. Once rice has cooled, stir in remaining ingredients and serve!
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39 Replies to "Fruited Jasmine Rice Salad"

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  • Christina @ It's a Keeper May 23, 2014 (9:09 am)

    This looks so light and refreshing! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Chef Becca May 23, 2014 (9:06 pm)

      If you’ve never tried star fruit, you’re in for a real treat, Christina! Thanks for stopping by!

  • David @ Spiced May 6, 2014 (8:54 am)

    Becca, this salad looks awesome! I must say that I have never had the chance to use (or eat) starfruit before, but now I must try it after seeing this awesome recipe!! 🙂

    • Chef Becca May 6, 2014 (10:43 am)

      I hope you’re able to find a ripe starfruit and dig in! It’s absolutely delicious!

  • Anita at Hungry Couple May 1, 2014 (8:59 am)

    Jasmine is my favorite rice!

  • Christy April 28, 2014 (10:42 pm)

    Love this! Great way to make a not so healthy food healthy and lite. Oh, you are going to love those finger limes when you get around to them. They are little itty bits of fruit caviar, and perfect in cocktails or as garnish!

    • Chef Becca April 29, 2014 (2:43 pm)

      Thanks, Christy! I can’t wait to get my hands on a batch of in-season finger limes. They sound like a decadence!

  • Shaina April 28, 2014 (2:32 pm)

    Starfruit is so pretty! I love this dessert-y twist on pasta. Great idea to use yogurt and crushed pineapple for extra creaminess. I wouldn’t even need the sour cream!

  • Deanna Samaan April 27, 2014 (4:46 pm)

    Ohhh, I love rice! I love Star fruit! Ohhh This is something I must make!

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (4:52 pm)

      I’m so happy to hear that you’ll be trying it out, Deanna. I’d love it if you’d stop back and let me know what you think of it! 🙂

  • Marne April 27, 2014 (3:53 pm)

    I would like to add a word of caution for people with kidney failure. There is a neurotoxin in starfruit that cannot be filtered out by dialysis, and can be fatal. I was a year into dialysis before I found this out. I love to experiment with fruits so I’m lucky I had not yet tried it.

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (3:55 pm)

      Oh my goodness, Marne. I’m so sorry to hear about your kidney failure, and thank you for the word of caution!

  • Stacy April 27, 2014 (12:06 pm)

    Great rice, Becca! Like Laura, I’ve only had starfruit in Asia from local markets and I always loved putting it on a fruit platter because it’s so pretty. I’ve never seen it used in a rice salad but I’d love to give it a try.

  • Heather // girlichef April 27, 2014 (9:55 am)

    Starfruit is such a fun ingredient – and always a kid-pleaser. I was shocked by the mayo in the recipe, but I totally want to try it!

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (9:57 am)

      The small amount of mayo can really be eliminated from the dish, Heather. I added it to thicken up the rice a bit, since the brand of yogurt I used is a little bit thinner than the Stonyfield yogurt that I normally use. 🙂

  • Run DMT April 27, 2014 (8:40 am)

    I know I could eat the whole bowl myself! I love this! Totally pinning this! This will make a wonderful addition to all our summer cookouts!

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (8:43 am)

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy those summer cookouts!

  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext April 27, 2014 (8:23 am)

    This sounds and looks absolutely amazing and super delicious!

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen April 27, 2014 (8:20 am)

    Those damn pesky calories have been giving me grief for about that long too, Becca! AND, they are getting more and more obnoxious as I age. Boo. Hiss. That said, you’re jasmine rice looks delicious. I’ve never tried a star fruit before. Thanks for taking the mystery out of them. I’ll have to try your recipe!

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (8:41 am)

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who suffers with the problem, Renee, but I’m sorry that you’re struggling with it, too 🙁

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  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 27, 2014 (7:57 am)

    Your rice is just perfect! I am so loving it!!

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (8:02 am)

      Thanks, Jen! I just adore how well Jasmine rice looks after it’s cooked. It’s the prettiest rice I know 😉

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  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom April 27, 2014 (7:30 am)

    Love the star fruit and the fragrant jasmine rice. We will be making this very soon!

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (7:51 am)

      Thanks, Marjory! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Manu April 27, 2014 (7:06 am)

    What a beautiful dish Becca! And I LOVE starfruit. It looks so pretty! I can only imagine how good this rice tastes!! 🙂

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (7:08 am)

      Thank you so much, Manu! The sweetness of the Starfruit was wonderful with this dish. I hope you’ll have a chance to try it sometime 🙂

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  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom April 27, 2014 (6:11 am)

    I absolutely love how you incorporated starfruit here!!! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Karen @BakingInATornado April 27, 2014 (6:10 am)

    This is why I love the informational section of your posts. I’ve never bought a star fruit before because I knew nothing about it. Now I know what it tastes like, that you can eat the skin and a great recipe to try it with. LOVE the way you structure these posts. Thanks, Chef.

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (6:53 am)

      It makes my heart SO happy to know that I’ve helped you to #FeedYourSpirit, Karen 🙂

  • Laura April 27, 2014 (6:03 am)

    I miss starfruit, I grew up in Asia where it was easy to get fresh access to and it was amazing. Since I was spoiled having it fresh I just don’t enjoy it as much when it has been picked unripe and has to ripen in store. Doesn’t taste the same. However saying that this rice salad does look good. I love how starfruit also is so easy to give amazing presentation.

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (6:53 am)

      I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to have fresh Startfruit like that, Laura. What a treat!

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