Friday, April 18, 2014

Black Bean & Yellow Rice Salad

Now that the weather is warming up I'm trying to eat more main dish salads. I saw this recipe online at the Food & Wine website and decided to make my version. I made a few substitutions and the biggest change was I didn't use all the rice. I started adding large spoonfuls and toss it all together and when I had used about 2/3 of the cooked rice I was happy with the ratio of rice to veggies. The leftovers were eaten cold and were delicious.
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can  black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. 

Stir in the garlic, turmeric, cumin, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the black pepper, and rice. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. 

Add the water and bay leaf; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is done, about 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf. 
In a large glass combine the beans, bell pepper, and tomatoes.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt, the white wine vinegar, and cilantro. Toss gently to combine.

Add the desired amount of rice and toss well.

Garnish with cilantro and serve.


  1. Replies
    1. Jaime, it is an easy dish and so flavorful. Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

  2. This is a great recipe! I am going to make this for my next dinner when I serve rice. I love all the ingredients you used! Pinning too!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. You're going to love the flavors in this dish. Let me know what you think after you make it.
      Take care,