Summer Dinner Recipe
All summer long we eat salads for lunch and dinner. All. Summer. Long. I know some people are not of the mind that salads = a substantial meal, but luckily my boys have been well-trained in the salad-for-dinner arena.
Chicken in Salads
The chicken can be cooked in any way you can think of, and therefore any simply cooked leftover chicken is fair game.
For this salad, I like to dice it pretty small, so that it stays in harmony size-wise with the rice and vegetables but if you prefer big cubes of chicken, have at it. This is not a rigid recipe by any means, either in the ingredients called for (use diced bell peppers in addition to or instead of the zucchini, for instance) or suggested sizes of the ingredients.
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Leftover Rice in Salads
And along those same lines you can use whatever cooked rice you have lingering in the fridge, or that speaks to you from the pantry. I used white rice (creative and original, I know), but next time I’ll use brown rice, or — who knows — this so could easily happen in some form or fashion with jasmine, basmati, or even wild rice. Another template recipe, meant to get you poking around in your fridge and pantry, and if you lean into your options, at no point will you ever feel like you’re making the same salad twice.
Make Ahead Chicken and Rice Salad
This salad can be made up to 3 days ahead of time, though the vegetables will soften a bit and might lost some of their vibrant color.
What to Serve with Chicken and Rice Salad:
- Simple Sautéed Garlic Broccoli
- Perfect Simple Roasted Cauliflower
- Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce
- 3 Great and Really Simple Green Salads
Other Chicken Salad Recipes:
- Chinese Chicken Salad
- Chicken Larb
- Best Chicken Salad
- Chopped Salad with Chicken and Blue Cheese Dressing
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Chicken and Rice Salad
- In a large bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
- Add the cooked chicken, rice, celery, zucchini, onion, and parsley. Toss to combine well. Serve at room temperature.
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