To start with, a salad does not necessarily have to be made exclusively with raw vegetables nor does it always have to include vegetables among the ingredients. Second, a salad does not have to precede the main course. Third, a salad is not always a cold dish.
But what makes a dish a salad?
In a nutshell, if the ingredients, cooked or raw, are tossed together but not cooked together after they are tossed, then you have a salad.
And, yes, I’ve tried making a rice salad and it was very, very good. Click here for my spicy and tangy beef and rice salad recipe.