Southwestern Rice & Pinto Bean Salad

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This recipe makes 6 servings
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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.


  • 1 cup(s) rice, basmati, brown
    or Wehani brown rice (see Note)
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
    or 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup(s) oil, olive, extra-virgin
  • 1/4 cup(s) vinegar, sherry
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, fresh
    chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 clove(s) garlic
    large, crushed and peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, black
    freshly ground
  • 30 ounce(s) beans, pinto
    2 (15-ounce each), rinsed
  • 8 whole scallion(s) (green onions)
    trimmed and sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium pepper, bell, any color
    chopped (about 1 cup)


  • 1

    Combine rice and 2-2 1/2 cups of 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 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.

  • Makes 1 1/3 cups each.

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.

Source: Eating Well
Nutritional Information Amount Per Serving
  • Calories325
  • Total Fat11g
  • Saturated Fat2g
  • Sodium125mg
  • Carbohydrates49g
  • Dietary Fiber9g
  • Protein10g
  • Cholesterol-
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