Quickie Brown Rice Salad

This salad is my answer to the overwhelming desire we all feel when the hot weather hits to park ourselves on the couch (or the cooler hardwood floor) at the end of the day, cereal box in hand, and avoid the stove at all costs.

I won’t beat around the bush – you will need to pull out the saute pan. But wait! You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in under 10 minutes, not nearly enough time to break a sweat (or at least add to that constant state of dampness….ick.)

The beauty of this salad is that you can use just about any veggie that you have on hand, as well as most other larger grains such as bulgar or farro. I just happen to think that brown rice crisps up so nicely when lightly sauted and really holds up well with all of the diced veggies. Pre-cooked brown rice is the most convenient and versatile item I have found at TJ’s lately – I would be lost without it! It has saved the day countless times when I need a light but filling late-night dinner or just don’t have to the 45 minutes needed to cook it from scratch.

With a small slice of grilled chicken breast or an egg scrambled and stirred in at the end, this is a perfect meal for nights that just won’t cool down.

Quickie Brown Rice Salad

serves 2-3


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thai chili paste


  • Preheat a scant teaspoon oil (such as safflower or canola) in a nonstick saute pan. Add the diced pepper, onion, and carrots and sweat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini and brown rice and saute for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, water, garlic powder, ground ginger, and chili paste.
  • Stir the sauce into the rice and veggie mixture and distribute well.



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2 Comments to “Quickie Brown Rice Salad”

  1. It looks absolutely beautiful!

  2. Wow, that looks amazing. I’m adding it to my dinner plans for this week. πŸ™‚

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