Summer foods are not typically my favorite. While everyone else is enjoying ribs and corn on the cob, I miss pumpkin flavored everything and casseroles. However, if I have to pick a perfect summer dish, it would be rice salad. This is a side dish created by my mom as we were on our way to a summer cook out. It has great flavor and sits well outside in summer temperatures.
For this dish you will need:
1 box of chicken flavored Rice A Roni
1 1/2 cups diced celery (3 ribs)
1 1/2 cups of diced carrots (about 3)
4 green onions, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
Cook the Rice A Roni according to the package directions.
Cut all the vegetables about the same size. The tomatoes break down a bit in the dressing, so cut them a little bigger.
Chop them so they look like this:
When the rice has cooled combine the vegetables, rice and salad dressing. The salad is great right away, but tastes best when it sits in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours.
Serve and enjoy!