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Lemon-Herb Rice Salad with Roasted Shrimp…and a Picnic!

Allergy-Friendly Lemon Herb Rice Salad with Roasted Shrimp

Time for a Spring Picnic and a Recipe for Allergy-Friendly Lemon Herb Rice Salad

You may (or, quite possibly, may not) have noticed that it has been a while since I posted last.

I do have a couple of reasons why … one is because of a little surprise I have been busy working on. I’m just about ready to share it with you in a couple of weeks (and with it will come one HECK of a cool giveaway)…but you’ll have to be patient until then.

The other is because I was on the committee for the Silent Auction at my son’s school and it consumed most of my waking hours these last couple of weeks. I do just have to share though (okay, maybe even brag a little) that we ROCKED the auction and brought in an amazing amount of money for the school!

Now that I have a couple of my biggest projects behind me, and now that we are starting to see some first hints of Spring around here, I am ready to relax and enjoy some much needed play-time with my family.

Weirdly enough, I have been dreaming of having a picnic lately. I don’t even know why. Probably because we have been bundled up all winter long. And now that it is finally warming up, the thought of spending a sunny afternoon napping on a big fluffy blanket in the grass while the kids frolick around sounds heavenly about now.

Okay, so my kids don’t really ever just frolick. They are two active boys. Wrestle is a much better term to describe what they do. And all of that wrestling usually leads to someone in tears.  Which then leads to mom having to get involved. Which then means that that nap on that big fluffy blanket probably won’t happen. But…a mom can dream, right? 😉

Aside from the lack of nap in this daydream, that picnic still sounds wonderful.

And my favorite thing to do for picnics is to pack up a meal that is sort of an all-in-one main-dish recipe so that we do not need to tote along a gazillion different food containers.

This Allergy-Friendly Lemon-Herb Rice Salad with Roasted Shrimp is just the perfect recipe for something like this. It has such a refreshing flavor from the Lemon-Citrus Vinaigrette. And it is so simple to throw together and pack up for a picnic. The best part is that it can be made a day in advance to make picnic prep easy and is a hit with the kids and adults.

Lemon Herb Rice Salad

Lemon-Herb Rice Salad with Roasted Shrimp

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Egg-free, Corn-free

Serves 6 – 8


  • 2 cups Brown Basmati or Jasmine Rice
  • 2 pounds (16-18 count) Shrimp, thawed, peeled, and de-veined (For Shellfish Free: use Roasted Chicken)
  • 1Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • ½ cup Red Onion, finely minced
  • ½ cup Fresh Basil, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Roasted Pine Nuts (For Nut-free: Omit or use Roasted Pepitas)
  • ¾ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice, about half a lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare rice on stovetop according to package directions. To add more flavor to rice, you can use vegetable or chicken broth in place of water.

2.  While rice is cooking, place shrimp on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with Garlic Salt, and Salt and Pepper to taste. Toss to combine and spread out in single layer on sheet. Roast for 6-8 minutes.

3. Once rice and shrimp are done, add to serving bowl then gently mix in Red Onion, Basil, Cilantro, Pine Nuts, Salt and Pepper. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour half of the dressing over the rice mixture. Taste for seasonings. Add more dressing to taste, but do not over-dress.

Note: Can be made up to one day in advance. Packs up and travels nicely.


What are your favorite things to pack up for a picnic? Any good ideas for me?

Kim Maes - Allergy Free Food CoachKim Maes, CNC, AADP, known as the Allergy Free Food Coach, is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Certified in the Practical Application of Food Allergy Guidelines.. She is also the creator of the Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad Apps and the Cook It Allergy Free website, where she shares her passion for teaching others how easy and delicious it can be to eat whole, pure allergy-friendly meals that the entire family will enjoy.

  1. On February 28, 2013 Jeannie Wilson said

    Sounds so Delicious. Oh Yes it was delicious because you cooked it for us!! Can’t wait to see your next entry. Hugs, Little Momma

    • On March 5, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha! That’s right. You got to sample this one, Mom… We can do a lot more “trials” when you are out here for Easter. Hopefully some will be blog-worthy!

  2. On February 28, 2013 Alisa said

    Congrats on the auction!

    Yes, you were missed 🙂

    We prepare shrimp this way a lot, it comes out so perfect!

    • On March 5, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Yay…at least someone missed me! LOL I miss you too, girlie! I cannot wait until we can finally catch up!~ Huge hugs!

  3. On March 1, 2013 Shirley (gfe &AGFD) said

    First, YAY on the school auction success! Second, yes, we missed you! Third, I totally get dreaming of picnics on warm, sun-filled days with a mixture of laziness and frolicking, and this amazing salad, of course. 😉 And last, you already know that I love fixing shrimp that way!

    Happy relaxing weekend! xoxo,

    • On March 5, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      What I really want is to have a picnic on a blanket with you!!! 🙂 And I DO know that you love making your shrimp that way! IT seriously could not be any easier!

      By the way, I think Peter Pan may be making a visit to you soon… And if you don’t know what I am talking about, you will soon when you go to your mailbox. LOL 😉


  4. On March 2, 2013 Sarena said

    Congratulations on the auction! That’s awesome! I’m excited to hear your news. Things have been super busy around here lately too! Finding time to post has been slightly difficult for me too.

    I’m dreaming of picnic season too! This looks amazingly delicious! YUM!

    • On March 5, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Sarena! Long time no “talk”. I feel like a slacker to my blog life lately. LOL Glad to hear that life is keeping you busy these days too! 🙂 Hope all is well!

  5. On March 3, 2013 Diane Eblin said

    Congrats on the Auction! They do take a lot of work but the payoff for the kids is big.

    This looks like a wonderful meal for a picnic or my kitchen table. Thank you.

    • On March 5, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, my friend. I am finally getting caught up on everything. I have been busy coaching lately on top of my auction stuff, just from word of mouth, so I have not even launched my site. I think I am going to finally do that next week though. 😉
      I miss you!!! I cannot wait to do catch up! XOXOX

  6. On March 3, 2013 InTolerant Chef said

    This sounds lovely with the lemon and pinenuts too- yummo!

    • On March 5, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha! Thanks, InTolerant Chef. I love pinenuts in anything. I always find ways to add them to our meals. I pray I never end up with an allergy to them. LOL 😉

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