As with most of my recipes, the measurements aren't exact and please feel free to add/subtract whatever you would like. :)
Here's what you'll need: (I'm not endorsing any specific brands. Just use what you have or like. This is just what I have.)
Get the rice going according to the package instructions:
And start chopping! This is what takes the longest.
I started with the onion. I had 1/2 a medium brown onion in the fridge already, so that's what I used. Then I went on to the celery. You want all your veggies about the same size. To dice the celery, I start at one end and drag my knife down to the opposite end, to make about 1/4 inch strips.
Next is the pepper. I cut all my large peppers (Paseo, Pablano, Bell, etc) the same. I hold the stem and put the point of the pepper on the board. Then I cut the "cheeks" (that's just a nifty way to say sides) off.
Then just cut them into strips like the celery and dice.
I remembered hearing once that it's easier to cut a pepper from the inside out, so here's a picture of that way also. (It's much prettier too, since my cutting board is dark green.)
Next comes the carrot. I shred this on my box grater, because shredding carrots is so much easier that trying to dice them nice and small. - It does make a bit of a mess though. Good thing I have plenty of tiny hands around to help me pick up the stray carrot shreds. :)
The peppers, carrots and remaining onions go in with the mostly cooked rice now. Stir the veggies in with the rice and put the lid back on. (This is just my personal preference. I don't care for the texture/flavor of raw onions; and I didn't want the raw pepper taste to over power the other flavors in the salad. If you like everything raw and crunchy then by all means leave them that way and continue on to the cucumber.)
|I was going to add 1/3 cup greek yogurt, but I only had a little bit left in my container, so I added it all. :)|
|Then 3 Tablespoons mayo.|
|And 1/2 cup Italian dressing.|
(I had 2 bottles open and only a small amount of one, so I combined both to get 1/2 cup. That's why it's multi-colored.)