I could have stuck a feather in my hat and called it macaroni… The point is, I didn’t have any macaroni, and feathers get stuck in your teeth.
I had offered to take macaroni salad to a baseball barbecue birthday party the next day. So I used some good old Yankee ingenuity when I spotted a couple of cups of leftover brown rice in the fridge.
Brown Rice Salad! (Baseball Brown Rice Salad, since we were headed to a baseball birthday party.)
It was delicious! Jim would have been proud!
Here’s how I did it:
2 cups cooked cold rice (I had brown basmati, but I think any kind of long-grain rice would work as well)
1 cup finely diced celery
½ cup finely diced red onion
½ cup diced red pepper
1 can of black olives, drained and diced
About 8 fresh basil leaves and 8 fresh mint leaves, chopped
Add enough Vidalia Onion Vinegarette to moisten (about ¾ of a cup or a little more)
Salt and pepper to taste
What could be more American than Baseball, Birthdays, and Brown rice salad? It was a home run hit!