Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Southwest Black Bean, Corn, and Rice Salad

So many great things about this dish - it's an easy mix some stuff together kind of recipe, it's vegan and healthy, it's delicious, and it doesn't really require cooking if you get the kind of rice you can just microwave.  Oh and it's versatile too.  You can switch up the grains (I used a combination or brown rice and barley), add avocado if you like, use it as a side or a main dish, in tacos or burritos, whatever you want.  The recipe makes 2-3 side dish servings but it can easily be doubled for a 4-5 person dinner or for a party.
Serves 2-3 as a side dish
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp chipotle powder or cayenne (optional)
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup vegetable broth
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 cups cooked brown rice, barley or another grain
3/4 cup cooked black beans (about half a can drained)
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix spices, oil, broth and vinegar in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined and mixed with the dressing.  This is best if left to chill in the refridgerator 1-2 hours before serving.

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