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Black Bean & Rice Salad 

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You can ease the kids into fall (and school) with this Cuban-inspired salad made with sweet late summer corn and protein-packed black beans. To make it even more of a main dish, toss in some shredded cooked chicken, thinly sliced and cut-up grilled steak. Instant rice will make this lunch even quicker to make!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup long grain brown rice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Cubanelle chile or Italian frying pepper, trimmed and cut in 1/3-inch dice
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups freshly cut white corn kernels (from 2 ears) or 1 box (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed well and drained
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION

  1. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, just until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the same saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add the chile, onion and garlic and stir until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the corn and salt and cook, stirring, just until heated through, about 1 minute. Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the rice and toss to mix.
  3. Add the beans, the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and the vinegar and toss well. Season with plenty of pepper and toss again.
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