This salad works for main meals, especially with the addition of cold chopped chicken and/or cheese. It's a fantastic potluck dish. Lastly, it's a diabetic friendly salad because the whole grain brown rice and other vegetables are very high in fiber.
How it came about: I love salads, but I noticed a while ago that what I really loved was the stuff that dressed the salad. I also get very bored with lettuce, even my favorite, bronze or red leaf lettuce. I also wanted to make something that was a one-pot meal, not necessarily hot, reasonably high in protein, sustaining, and tasty. Lastly, I had been invited to a potluck dinner, had signed up to bring a salad, and had no lettuce available -- but I did have brown rice. Maybe that would work -- and it did! This is the one recipe I bring to potlucks that is always, always gone before I can go back for seconds, so I usually save a small bowl at home for myself. I hope you like it, too!
I have made this successfully using regular brown rice, instant brown rice, quick brown rice, and brown rice blends that included wild rice and other grains. The great thing about the recipe is that it is completely forgiving -- you can adjust amounts, add and delete items, and change seasoning to your taste and whatever you have one hand -- as long as you always use brown rice as the base.