Ok on to business... I am from the Midwest, where anything can qualify as a "salad." Fruit + Jello? Salad. Macaroni + Lunch Meat? Salad. Rice A Roni + red pepper, green onion, water chestnuts, artichoke hearts and mayo? Salad. While I'm not really a fan of the former two, the latter is delicious. A great, easy side for a summer BBQ. And you can pretend you're dieting by eating SALAD.
Prepare Chicken flavored Rice A Roni as directed on box. Let cool. In a large bowl, add 1 diced red pepper, 3 chopped green onion stalks, 1 can sliced water chestnuts (roughly chopped), and half a can of artichoke hearts (also roughly chopped). Add half of the juice from the artichoke hearts and 1/2 cup mayo. Stir in Rice A Roni, and season to taste. I like to add some red pepper flakes as well.