When it's hot outside (which it still is in LA) and I know there is a strong likelihood that I won't want to turn on the stove, I often plan on hearty grain based salads for at least one midweek meal. Normally I make up the grains on Sunday so meal prep is quick during the week. Then when it's time to eat, I just chop my veggies, whisk together the dressing, and dinner is done. Sometimes in fits of extreme laziness, I even stop by the grocery store salad bar so I don't even have to chop my veggies.
If you want to add protein to this salad - chicken, shrimp, or Asian marinated steak would all be great. You may want to cut down the portion size a bit depending on your calorie goals. As written, it makes a hearty, full meal sized portion so halving it works well when its a side dish or you are adding protein.
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