It gets three stars because I had to rework the recipe. Taking a cue from other readers who desired more flavor in this recipe, I added 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp ground coriander to the dressing. I made it early in the day to allow the ingredients time to blend and I also made certain to sprinkle with additional lime juice just prior to serving. It gave it the right amount of punch without overwhelming the other ingredients. I served in with broiled green and yellow squash that I marinated (we live in an apartment and grilling is not an option).
Sesame Brown Rice Salad with Shredded Chicken and Peanuts
FAF251 Posted: 03/29/11
cooklaura Posted: 02/09/11
I thought this was delicious. I did double the dressing and added extra onion and lots of extra cilantro, which I really like. For the rice I used leftover Garlicky Brown Rice, also a CL recipe, which I happened to have left over from the previous night. With these modifications what resulted was very tasty and fresh.
No Longer Registered Posted: 07/21/10
Very bland. Very dry. Very disappointing.
laebrown Posted: 05/17/10
Not really a fan of this one. Something about the sauce - it needs something, just a certain je ne sais quoi. I added some soy sauce as suggested and that seemed to help...it just seems a little bland to me. I wish I knew how to improve it, but this one just wasn't my bag.
KellyG73 Posted: 05/13/09
I thought this was a tasty fresh recipe. I use extra dressing and added both soy sauce and fresh ginger. For additional crunch, I added bean sprouts.
AndreaBW Posted: 05/18/10
I love this dish especially for potlucks. I can prep it ahead, and it requires no attention when I get there, so I'm not cluttering up somebody's kitchen trying to reheat something or fussing over my dish making sure the components are set up right. At the last meeting, two people asked me for the recipe, and one pointed out what I've always liked about this dish: that it's also great to take along as lunch for work, and you get a hit of veggies, grains and protein all in one delicious bowl. The only way this dish could improve by my estimation would be if I could get my kids on board with it.
ESmith6 Posted: 08/19/10
This was really tasty with a few small changes. First, I switched the quantities of the canola oil and the sesame oil. Much more flavor that way. Second, I added a tsp. of sesame seeds and a tsp. of black sesame seeds. Third, I added about a tbsp. of chili paste (sambal olek). The change and additions made it very flavorful. It was also very tasty the next day.
hillravens Posted: 02/12/11
Good filling alternative to traditional chicken and salad recipes. Recommend using half the garlic and using a soy-mirin sauce for added light flavor. B
MsLala Posted: 04/06/11
Came across this recipe yesterday and made it for dinner last night - got rave reviews! I used Tahini instead of sesame oil and a sweet onion that I diced and caramelized instead of green onions, because that's what I had. Brought some leftovers in for lunch today, and it is just a good cold as it is hot. Definitely saving this recipe to be made again!!
ebekwel Posted: 05/31/11
We thought this was a great recipe. My husband and four-year-old daughter enjoyed it as much as I did. We did all agree that the dressing needed a little something extra to give the dish a kick of flavor. I added about 2 Tbsp of rice vinegar and it did the trick. It was delicious!
casey45632 Posted: 04/29/12
This was delicious and light. I used meat from a rotisserie chicken, instant rice, and pre-cut match-stick carrots and it was very easy.
kallen18 Posted: 05/17/12
Easy to prepare but I felt it was lacking in flavor somewhere. There is potential to be found though.
Clobberella422 Posted: 06/18/12
I made a few changes to the dressing in order to head off the blandness that some reviewers complained about, and it worked out great. First, I used extra virgin olive oil instead of canola and added an extra tbsp of the sesame oil. Then I added a tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tbsp chile garlic paste and 1/2 tbsp minced ginger. I also used a couple extra tbsp of the chopped cilantro. It was very good and flavorful. I can imagine adding all kinds of different veggies to this, like cucumber, red bell pepper, snow peas, asparagus, even avocado.