Brown Rice Salad

Two of my three boys are fair skinned with reddish hair.  They sunburn easily which is one of the reasons summer is not my favorite season.  We haven’t had a pool membership for a number of years, but we did when they were little.

The problem was that even with 30 or 50 spf sunscreen, my oldest would burn anytime before 4 pm.  As a result 4:00 – 6:00 was our usual pool time.  On Sundays, we often went as a family and ate dinner there—a cold dinner that I could pack in the cooler.

This salad was one of my stand-by recipes for such occasions.  It still reminds my boys of those days.  While it works as a cold meal, we prefer it warm so I suggest trying it that way first.

Brown Rice Salad
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • 3 cup cooked brown rice (variety of your choice)
  • 1½ cups cooked chicken or ham, cut in small chuncks
  • ½ cup green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Italian salad dressing
  1. If serving this warm, cook the rice and heat the chicken or ham.
  2. Combine the rice, chicken or ham, green onions and almonds. You could use the pot you cooked your rice in.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and salad dressing. Pour over the rice mixture and stir to coat.
  4. Serve.
If serving this cold, use leftover chicken or ham and do not heat it. Follow the directions above and chill before serving.

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About Linda Etherton

I have been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious. Through sharing recipes, menu plans, and information, I hope to help others enjoy a happy gluten-free life.
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  1. DavePR says:

    My mom used to make something very similar to this when I was a kid, but it had cheese in it. I think am going to like making this one:)

  2. GFree_Miel says:

    This is great! It looks delicious and convenient. I like the option of having it warm or cold. Yum!

  3. Becca says:

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing such a simple recipe.

  4. Easy Picnic Recipes says:

    yummy! what a delicious recipe! I want to take it tasty! :)

  5. That looks wonderful. Call me sheltered but I never seen anything like this. What a great idea.

  6. Brian says:

    This sounds good! I've really been getting into brown rice lately, it's not something I grew up with. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious!

  8. Tasty Eats At Home says:

    Sounds simple and tasty!

  9. Its A Blog Party says:

    Sounds delish!
    Thanks for linking up!

  10. What is a good brand of brown rice to buy? I’ve bought some but it’s really chewy and did not taste very good, maybe I did not cook it right?
    I think I may try this recipe if I can figure out what brown rice to use.

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