Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  300
  • Protein  4 g
  • Carbohydrates  15 g
  • Fat  25 g
  • Cholesterol  95 mg
  • Sodium  232 mg
  • Potassium  197 mg
  • Phosphorus  76 mg
  • Calcium  30 mg
  • Fiber  0.9 g

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad

Whether you’re staying indoors or packing for a picnic, DaVita dietitian Mary has a great kidney-friendly recipe you’ll love: It’s-Better- than-Potato Salad.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Mary from Kansas.

Portions: 10     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups celery
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper 
  • 1 cucumber
  • 8 radishes
  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs


  1. Cook rice (or pasta) according to package directions without added salt.  Refrigerate to chill.
  2. Slice celery and finely chop red onion and bell pepper. Peel and dice cucumber and slice radishes. Chop eggs.
  3. Add mayonnaise, celery, onion and mustard to chilled rice or pasta. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Stir in eggs, radish slices, cucumber and red peppers before serving chilled salad.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 4 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Choose rice or salad pasta (elbow, mini shells, salad macaroni). Both work well in this amazing salad.
  • Reduce mayonnaise or use fat-free mayonnaise for a lower fat dish.

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It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad

Pinkyz says:


This is the exact same recipe I used for many years, but used potatoes!! I tried it with rice instead of the potatoes, & Voila!! Delicious!!

Mar. 17, 2014, 2:09 PM - Inappropriate review?

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad

eniclas says:


Loved it. I was skeptical at first I never had a rice salad but this was great. Thanks.

Mar. 11, 2014, 1:18 PM - Inappropriate review?

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad

eniclas says:


Loved it! I was a bit skeptical because I have never had a rice salad before but I was glad I listened to the other reviewers. Thanks.

Mar. 11, 2014, 1:16 PM - Inappropriate review?

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad

jstenske682_ says:


Love this recipe. So does my whole family. Have made this many times.

Nov. 21, 2011, 10:36 AM - Inappropriate review?

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad

Islander says:


I made it without the radishes, and our staff gave it a thumbs up!

Jun. 26, 2011, 7:36 PM - Inappropriate review?

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad

Lilli says:


This was delicious. I used small elbow macaroni.

Mar. 05, 2010, 10:35 AM - Inappropriate review?

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad

Jaspurr says:


I made this salad with rice rather than pasta and it was the hit of the potluck. It got rave reviews and requests for the recipe. I had doubled the recipe, but only used 2 cups of mayonnaise and it worked just fine.

Dec. 21, 2009, 8:18 AM - Inappropriate review?

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad



This is the best. I have made this several times for a large group and it never fails they want the recipe. I recommend it.

Dec. 17, 2008, 6:23 PM - Inappropriate review?

It’s-Better-than-Potato Salad



This is really good. I also omitted the radish and cucumbers and just used bell peppers and celery. Yummy

Jun. 10, 2008, 8:21 AM - Inappropriate review?

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