Tropical Rice Peanut Salad The Southern Lady Cooks

This tropical rice peanut salad is INSANELY good. It’s the easiest dish to make, and honestly, I could eat an entire bowl of it….it’s just THAT delicious! The flavor is off the charts, and it’s very refreshing. I love to serve this dish with barbecue sandwiches in the summertime. This simple salad makes a wonderful addition to any potluck, brunch, or lunch. It’s fancy enough for a special occasion, but it’s also perfect for a weeknight dinner. The peanuts, pineapple, oranges, and onions go together SO well. I can’t recommend this easy side dish enough.

Tropical Rice Peanut Salad Ingredients Needed:

Cooked white rice

Mandarin oranges, drained

Pineapple tidbits, drained

Salty peanuts


Chopped green onion

Pepper to taste

Recipe Notes: This is such a simple salad! I wouldn’t make any substitutions with this recipe because it’s the flavor of all the ingredients that makes this dish really shine.

If you like this side dish, you may want to try Bacon and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad. It’s delicious, too!

Tropical Rice Peanut Salad The Southern Lady Cooks

Tropical Rice Peanut Salad in a pottery bowl

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Tropical Rice Peanut Salad

Judy Yeager
This simple salad is so refreshing! It's the perfect addition to any dinner or lunch and is great for a potluck!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 cups of cooked white rice
  • 1 cup of mandarin oranges drained
  • 1 cup of pineapple tidbits drained
  • 1 cup of salty peanuts
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onion
  • Pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
Keyword Tropical Rice Peanut Salad
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  1. Barbara Barlow says:

    Can Minute Rice be used?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Of course, it’s cooked rice, so whatever cooked rice you want to use.

  2. Is it ok to use fresh mandarin oranges and fresh pineapple as well?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Of course.

  3. Diane Garcia says:

    What other kind of nut could you use instead of peanuts?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Any you like.