Southwestern Rice & Pinto Bean Salad

Southwestern Rice & Pinto Bean Salad

Makes: 6 servings, 1 1/3 cups each
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

The slightly chewy texture of ruddy-red Wehani rice makes it perfect for salads. Serve it mounded on a bed of Boston lettuce or curly frisée.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Wehani brown rice, (see Note) or brown basmati rice
  • 2-2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, or 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, rinsed
  • 8 scallions, trimmed and sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium bell pepper, (green, yellow, orange or red), chopped (about 1 cup)

Preparation

  1. Combine rice and water (2 cups water if using brown basmati) in a 3-quart saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until all the water has been absorbed, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from heat; let rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Spread the rice out on a large baking sheet until cooled to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toast cumin in a small skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes for seeds, 1 minute for ground cumin. Transfer to a blender or food processor and let cool for several minutes. Add oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper and process until the garlic is finely chopped.
  3. Transfer the rice to a large bowl and toss with beans, scallions and bell pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to combine.

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Note: Wehani rice, an aromatic brown rice related to basmati, has a sweet, nutty flavor, a light reddish color, and splits like wild rice when cooked. It can be found in the health-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 6
  • Amount Per serving
  • Calories 305
  • % Daily values *
  • 17% Total Fat 11g
    • 10% Saturated Fat 2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Monounsaturated Fat 8g
  • 0% Cholesterol 0mg
  • 13% Potassium 442mg
  • 5% Sodium 121mg
  • 15% Total Carbohydrate 45g
    • 32% Dietary Fiber 8g
    • Sugars 2g
  • 18% Protein 9g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrients Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate Equals 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Equals 25g 30g

Recipe by EatingWell.com

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