As many of you know, I am a huge fan of beans! I am known to hide beans in everything from cookies to banana bread, and nearly every recipe in between. I love the fact they are filled with protein and fiber, and they help fill up my unceasingly hungry kids. My favorite bean of all time would have to be the black bean. It’s so small, cute and has such a mild flavor that hides nicely in many recipes. If you took advantage of all of the case lot sales this past month you probably have a food storage room stocked with beans of all kinds. Well, that is where this salad comes in! We love Mexican dishes around here and I am always on the look out for new and fresh side dishes to eat with them. I love my sister’s recipe for Mexican Rice, but this rice salad is a good competitor. This Fiesta Rice Salad has a simple, yet flavorful dressing, that lends so much flavor I could eat this as a meatless meal for sure! I used half brown and white rice, so this dish was filled with lots of protein to help fill up our hungry hippos. The fresh cilantro and lime flavor brightened up this dish and made it a delicious side or any of your favorite entrees 😉
Fiesta Lime Rice Salad
2 cup cooked long grain rice (leftovers work great)
1 can black beans, rinsed and heated
1 cup frozen corn, heated
1 large tomato, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 stalk green onions, sliced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (seeds removed if you don't like heat)
1 Tbls. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
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Cook and slightly cool rice. Drain black beans and add to warm rice. Heat frozen corn until warm and then add to rice. Dice tomato, red bell pepper, green onions and cilantro and fold into rice. Prepare the dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients. Pour a generous amount of the dressing on to the rice until it is coated. Save any extra dressing to freshen the salad before serving (the rice will soak up the dressing as it sits). Serve this rice slightly warmed.
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