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Pea Salad with Spinach, Mint and Rice

rice and pea salad with mint, chives and herbs

This post was first published on 11 May 2016 and was updated & republished on 27 April 2019

This super-fresh pea salad came together as a quick and simple packed lunch option a few weeks ago, using ingredients I had in the house. The mint gives this dish a real feeling of spring. It would work perfectly as a side dish, or part of an early-in-the-season picnic.

Herby Pea & Rice Salad Quick & easy vegan lunch recipe

When I originally posted this recipe, my husband knew I’d been feeling a bit overwhelmed (I was working full time, running this blog, planning a wedding and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life), so he came home with the most gorgeous picnic basket, complete with a pocket for wine, stemmed plastic glasses and a corkscrew. I still insist on dragging the basket out for picnic every summer (it may be pretty, but its also unreasonably heavy & awkward to carry).

Herby Pea & Rice Salad

Anyway, back to the recipe. Its one I often turn to for packed lunches, and since publishing the original I’ve tweaked it a little to make it even better, adding more herbs, and a sprinkling of microgreens, for extra flavour and texture.

Herby Pea & Rice Salad

Recipe for Pea Salad with Spinach, Mint and Rice. This is a fresh and healthy summertime dish which is vegetarian and gluten free.
Total Time20 mins
Course: lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 2
Author: zoepickburn


  • 120 g Basmati rice
  • 0.5 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 120 g frozen peas
  • 100 g Baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 0.25 tsp. Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp. tbsp. Fresh Parsley
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Chives


  • Thoroughly rinse the rice in cold water and put into a saucepan with 240ml of hot water and half the salt (0.25 tsp.)
  • Bring to the boil on the hob over a high heat, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the water has all cooked away – Don't let it cook completely dry & burn the rice though
  • Remove the pan from the heat and dowse the rice in cold water, to halt the cooking process., then set it aside for the time being
  • Heat half the olive oil (1 tbsp.) in a shallow pan or skillet, over a medium-high hob
  • Add the peas to the pan & cook until they are charred – this should only take a minute or so
  • Drain the rice from its cold water and add it to the pan with the peas
  • Rinse the spinach under cold water, roughly chop it into strips and add it straight to the pan with the peas and the rice, to wilt
  • Once the spinach is wilted, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, the black pepper and the remaining olive oil and salt
  • Rinse and chop the mint, chives and parsley, stir them into the rice dish & top with microgreens


This recipe is really versatile- use whatever fresh herbs you have to hand.

This pea salad will last for up to 3 days in the fridge, and travels well too.

Pea Salad with Spinach, Mint and Rice


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    • Zoe Pickburn

      Hiya Jim – Thanks for your kind words – I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚

      I’ll be launching a mailing list really soon so you can stay up-to-date with all my posts, but in the meantime please do follow me on twitter @ZoePickburn or Instagram @ZPickburn.

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    • Zoe Pickburn

      Hiya, thanks for your kind words, I was aiming for a unique design so that has made my day πŸ™‚

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