1. Make the garlic scape dressing: In a food processor, pulse the basil, garlic scapes, olive oil, lemon juice, and sugar until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, mix together the rice, chicken or tofu, and kale, toss with dressing until well coated. Gently fold in the artichoke hearts, and cherries. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Keep chilled until serving.