Black Beans and Rice Salad

I think one of the most healthy times of my life was when I turned 'vegetarian' and stayed that way for about five years. Since that time I have reintroduced some very lean meats into my diet but I do go through phases of non-meat. Here is a simply scrumptious cold 'salad' or main dish with all the protein that you need in a meal.


2 cups drained cooked black beans
3 cups cooked brown rice

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

1/4 cup sliced Spanish olives

1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup chopped scallions

1 - 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (Oh I love that fresh cilantro!)

1/2 cup orange juice

1 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp grated orange peel

2 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 tsp cinnamon
and salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup chopped toasted
walnuts and cilantro or parsley leaves to decorate

Combine the drained beans with the rice, celery and Spanish olives. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients, then pour over the beans and rice mixture. Stir thoroughly. top with roasted walnuts and cilantro or parsley.

Serve with a cold corn or mango salsa for a complimentary color and taste.


  1. Trish,
    You are one wonderful cook! You are like the energizer bunny. Sure would be a treat to stalk your kitchen :0)

  2. but the question the boys even notice? Living with two guys...hmmm....maybe when I take that long planned vacation away from them...hee hee. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE to entertain and even if there is no one coming over...well, my guys have to have the table set for them and the specialty foods to taste

  3. you are speaking to my soul girl, posting with recipes that are in line with the way i am choosing to eat right God is good, it is so tough to change and still keep everybody happy, with tasty pleasing meals and low and behold a new recipe to tempt my palate as a strive for a better lifestyle. thankyou darlin'. my family thanks you they are really encouraging the new changes.......keep em comin'

  4. I want to make this! Maybe it's because I lived in South America for part of my life, but I live the black bean and rice comination!