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The Forks Over Knives Plan Recipe: Hollywood Bowl Brown Rice Salad

BrownRiceBeansVeggies_400Show off your favorite produce with this recipe from our wonderful, talented friend Darshana Thacker, a chef who uses only whole-food, plant-based ingredients. From The Forks Over Knives Plan: A 4-Week Meal-by-Meal Makeover.

This salad has been my favorite for a long time. It is filling yet refreshing, especially in the summer. There is no need for a separate dressing, and it can be made hours before serving, making it an ideal choice for a potluck or a picnic. Recently, I served this salad at a pre-show picnic at the Hollywood Bowl, and it was a big hit with my friends. —DT

Makes about 8 cups

1 cup brown rice
1 medium zucchini, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 medium-small cucumber, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1⁄2 cup finely chopped green onions, white and light green parts
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from about
2 lemons)
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Sea salt

1. Rinse the rice and place it in a saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Transfer the rice to a large bowl and let it cool for a few minutes until no longer steaming. Add the zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, pepper, and salt to taste. Mix well. Taste and add more lemon juice or salt if desired. Cover and chill or let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the juices from the vegetables and the lemon juice to mix with the rice so that all the flavors meld. Taste and adjust seasoning.

3. Serve cold or at room temperature. Store the salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

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