Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mexican Rice Salad

Now that the weather is nice, we are grilling more and more. It's so nice to kick back after a long week with a beer outside in our backyard. If bribed with peanut butter, Archer will even sit quietly out there with us. I wanted to create a low maintenance side dish that would pair well with all sorts of grilled goodies. I adore wild rice and decided to dress it up with some healthy Mexican flavors. Black beans, corn, pepper and carrots all combine for a filling and tasty salad. Packed with filling protein and fiber, this can easily be a great main dish or a side.

This recipe is extremely versitile. It can be served warm or cold and will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. I made a big batch and enjoyed it for lunch with some mixed greens.

Read more for the full recipe!

1/2 wild rice
1/2 brown rice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, rinsed and chopped
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Cook rice according to package directions
2. Add onion, carrot and pepper to hot rice, cover and let sit for 5 minutes
3. Add corn and beans and toss thoroughly
4. Season with lime juice, fresh cilantro, cumin and chili powder
5. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes and then serve warm or cold

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At May 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds and looks pretty tasty.

At May 3, 2012 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds awesome :D
And what a break from the usual cheesy Mexican dishes!
Thanks :)

Choc Chip Uru

At May 3, 2012 at 6:56 AM , Blogger Suzi said...

I love the wild and brown rice combination, very tasty and all those veggies, beautifull healthy salad. Yum!

At May 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM , Blogger spiceblogger said...

This sounds delish! Great combination of flavors and veggies. :D

At May 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks beautiful! Love the corn in this :)

At May 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM , Blogger Dawnye7 said...

Good recipe and great color!

At May 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Dara Reppucci said...

Thanks Suzi! I find that rice tastes great with any flavor combination.

At May 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM , Blogger CJ - Food Stories said...

I frequently mix wild rice with my other rices. I love this recipe, it's so bright and colorful.

At May 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

At May 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Jenn Kendall said...

that looks great Dara! colorful and delicious!

At May 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM , Blogger Pola M said...

This version of dirty rice looks incredibly yummy!

At May 5, 2012 at 1:13 AM , Blogger Maureen said...

Perfect dish for Saturday, May 5th! I'm hungry now.

At May 5, 2012 at 2:54 AM , Blogger Baker Street said...

I love mexican food. the flavors are so intense. your bowl of salad looks just perfect dara. :)

At May 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Okay I am totally making this one soon. I bookmarked it and made a shopping list. You rock my world.


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