Cold Rice Salad and Virtual Baby Shower for Shelley

When Shelley, my blogger friend at Franish Nonspeaker, announced that she was expecting a little one, I was very excited for her and also I got into the mood for a  baby shower. This has just become a reflex for me recently. Over the years, I have been so involved with babyshowers and good friends stepping into the new motherhood, I have always been either organizing a baby shower or cooking and stocking new mom’s fridge for the past four years.

With several other friends, we wanted to do something for Shelley even if we are not in the same city. So what could be better than a baby shower?

A virtual baby shower!!! No matter where you are, you can participate and celebrate with the mother-to-be, providing some easy, breezy healthy recipes for her to cook and freeze before Ruby arrives or so easy that she can put together between Ruby’s naps. I am sure there will be a long to-do list for between-the-naps times!

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You will find the list of all the friends who will be providing a recipe for Shelley and Ruby all week long at the end of the post. Everyone is posting on different days this week. Hope you stop by at their blogs and see their helpful recipes and if there is any advice. Feel free to visit Shelley and let her know if you have any tricks and tips for a new mom. She is due in August, I imagine she must be more than ready for Ruby to come by now.

I wanted to share our easy cold, rice salad with Shelley. The summers last long in Texas, so I figured, something light and cold might go a long way. It is easy to make rice, you don’t have to watch it over the stove. After it is done, you can add any cooked, canned or fresh vegetables you want, stir in a good bit of lemon juice and it will be ready! I normally add lots of fresh dill to this rice dish because I think it adds a whole new level to the taste and smell. But Jay can not seem to get over his dislike for dill, so the poor herb has found limited use in our house. Make sure you wash the rice several times to get rid of the starch and saute it in olive oil for a minute or so to cover the grains with oil. This will prevent the grains from sticking to each other.

Shelley, I am sure you will enjoy every bit of this new chapter. I don’t have kids but the number one comment I hear from my friends is “I don’t remember not having him/her with me, I feel like she/he has been with us all my life. This is the best thing I have ever done.” I can not wait to hear your stories.

Ruby, keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground. A grand adventure is waiting for you!

Wishing you guys a great life together as a family.

Here are the other bloggers who are coming to the shower, hope you stop by and say “Hi” during this week :)

Anna from Keep It Luce  

Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama

Christina from Girl Gone Grits

Elaine from   California Living  

Esra from Irmik Hanim

Jennie from Pastry Chef Online

Jennifer from Scissors and Spatulas

Lana from Bibberche

Lisa from Lisa Is Cooking

Renee from Sweet Sugar Bean

Robin from A Chow Life

Sarah from Snippets of Thyme

Summer Rice Salad

Amount of vegetables is approximate, add more/substract some based on your liking.

  • 2 cups of long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cup of sweet peas (either thawed frozen peas or cooked fresh peas)
  • 1 cup of diced carrots (fresh ones or from a can)
  • 1.5 cup of corn kernels (from a can)
  • 15 small kosher petite dill cucumbers (chopped)
  • Juice from 2 lemons (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • Fresh herbs like dill or mint(optional)

1. Wash rice grains several times to get rid of the starch.

2. Heat olive oil in a pan for 30-45 seconds , add drained rice grains and saute them on high heat, stirring for a minute or so until grains are covered with the oil.

3. Add salt and water and cook the rice according to the package directions.

4. Once rice is done, let it cool. Add chopped vegetables and herbs if you are using.

5. Add lemon juice, starting with 1/4 cup. Add more if you like tangier.

6. Add more salt and pepper to your taste.

7. Serve at room temperature.


  1. by Shelley
    2:40 pm
    Jun 25, 2012

    Ilke- you’re such a dear for organizing this- I know it required a lot of time and energy. I’m so touched that my blogger friends have been so generous in sharing. And I love the advice you gave Ruby- I’m going to co-opt it and remind her often!

    As usual, your rice dish looks fantastic and indeed, a cold dish will be perfect. Can’t wait to try out the recipe!

    Shelley and Ruby

  2. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    12:30 am
    Jun 26, 2012

    That’s so sweet of you!
    The rice salad looks fabulous.

  3. by Elaine
    8:23 am
    Jun 27, 2012

    Ilke, this looks like the perfect summer salad. We eat a lot of rice, but I never make a salad with it. I know that we would enjoy this one.

    Thank you so much for hosting Shelley’s virtual baby shower and for inviting me!

  4. by Susan
    12:54 pm
    Jun 27, 2012

    What a cute idea to throw of virtual shower! I love the idea, the invitation and the rice salad! I’ll have to see what the others brought :)

  5. by Jenni
    3:20 pm
    Jun 27, 2012

    Is *that* the secret to making a cold rice salad that doesn’t get hard?! Wash them well and saute in oil? Hooray! This looks so great, and thank you so much for doing all the planning for this party:)

  6. by Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama
    5:34 pm
    Jun 27, 2012

    Ilke, What a great shower you are throwing I am glad I took part in it… “meeting” a few new blogs along the way! What a great salad idea I think I will have to pin this for later use!!

  7. by Renee
    11:38 pm
    Jun 28, 2012

    What a fabulous idea – thank you so much for organizing the “shower” – it was fun to write about my tart and Shelley. Your rice salad sounds like perfect summer food.

  8. by Parsley Sage
    10:40 am
    Jul 1, 2012

    Well, my dill plant is just about bursting out of the grow box so I’ll use this recipe to help me get through some of it :) Great easy recipe for the mom to be. Well done!

  9. by lisaiscooking
    11:00 am
    Jul 2, 2012

    Something light and cold is indeed very welcome during our Texas summers! The dill sounds great in this salad, and the vegetables look fantastic.

  10. by Mrs Ergül
    11:03 pm
    Jul 2, 2012

    A happy looking rice dish, if you know what I mean! Congrats to your friend Shelley!


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