When time is in short supply, it is always nice to be able to combine these essentials into one dish. But flavour never needs to take a back seat to nutrition, ease or convenience, and summer and autumn weather trips down the aisles of fresh local produce always provide inspiration for cool and refreshing salads that can easily be considered complete meals in themselves. This Mexican-style brown rice, chickpea and black bean salad loaded with fresh green beans, pepper and corn and spiced up with a zesty chili and lime dressing is a perfect example of taste, wholesome eating and simplicity in one balanced meal.
Adapted from Canadian Living Magazine.
Brown Rice and Two-Bean Salad with Chili-Lime DressingOther salads you may enjoy:
1/2 cup dried chickpeas
1/2 cup dried black beans
1/2 cup dried brown rice
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and chopped
1/2 cup fresh or defrosted corn kernels
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
2 green onions, sliced
small handful fresh coriander, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
juice from 3 limes
rind from 1 lime
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
Separately, rinse the chickpeas, black beans and brown rice under cold running water. Place in separate bowls and cover the chickpeas and black beans with several inches of cold water with a little yogurt whey or lemon juice added. Cover the brown rice with 2 cups of cold water. Let the chickpeas, black beans and brown rice soak overnight at room temperature.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas and black beans separately. Add each to separate small saucepans and cover with several inches of fresh cold water. Bring each to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until tender — about 30 to 45 minutes for the black beans and about 1 to 1 1/2 hours for the chickpeas. Drain and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, bring the brown rice with its soaking liquid to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and set aside to cool.
Place the cooled chickpeas, black beans and brown rice in a large mixing bowl. Add the vegetables and coriander and gently combine. Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the salad. Gently toss to mix.
Serve at room temperature or cold. Serves 6 to 8.
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