gluten free
Since I've cut gluten (and processed sugar) out of my diet, I've been playing with new combinations to fulfill my pasta and bread cravings, most recently taking a stab at a rice 'salad' with Florida ripe veggies balsamic & flax. As it would have it, the brown rice mixture gave me the right amount of tang and texture I look for in pasta salad, which satisfied that angry voice in my head, for neglecting my favorite carbs.

Gluten Free Zucchini Rice Salad
1 C Brown Rice, Uncooked
3/4 Cup Flax Seeds
1 Large Zucchini, Chopped
1 Red Pepper, Chopped
1/2 Onion, Chopped
1/4 C Olive Oil
1/8 C Balsamic Vinegar

Cook rice as directed on package, Add flax when reducing heat to simmer. Cover and cook 30-40 minutes. Set Aside & Let Cool.
Combine Rice & Flax mixture with Zucchini, Onion, & Red Peppers.
vegetable salad
Mix together Olive Oil & Balsamic, shaking until thoroughly combined. Pour over Rice and Veggie mixture and toss until fully coated.
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Cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.