A while ago, I blogged about how I was trying to be more organized and plan ahead by preparing some basics like beans, rice etc and keeping them in the fridge for meals during the week. Here is a quick and easy (and adaptable to what you have on hand) salad using made ahead brown rice. It is light and delicious for summer as a side dish to pretty much anything. I served it along side my Ponzu Cardamom Marinated Tuna and it was perfect.
Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings (as side dish)
- 2 cups cooked brown rice, cold
- ½ cup finely diced green bell pepper
- ½ cup finely diced cucumber
- ¼ cup finely diced red onion
- 1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients.
- Serve slightly chilled.
The sweetness of the pineapple played nicely with the other veggies. If you don't have fresh, I'd imagine canned would work fine or perhaps use some chopped apple or pear instead. And, I think quinoa would work well if you have that on hand instead of the brown rice.
Share your easy and quick summer side dishes with us in the comments.