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Brown Rice & Black Bean Salad with Avocado & Cilantro

This Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad is the perfect dish to take to any potluck and is always a hit. You can add chicken but it’s great without it too.

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Brown Rice & Black Bean Salad with Avocado & Cilantro


serves 2-4, depending on how hungry ya are

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice, chilled
  • 2-3 cups cooked black beans (if using canned, use two 15 oz cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups seeded and diced tomato
  • 1 bunch (about 5-7) sliced green onions, using both the white and green parts
  • 2.5 T olive oil
  • 2.5 T red wine vinegar
  • 2.5 T water
  • juice of one fresh lime
  • 1 small diced jalapeno pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (more or less to taste, I love cilantro!)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine chilled rice, beans, tomato, and green onions.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and next 7 ingredients (through salt).
  3. Pour dressing mixture over the rice and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate salad for 30 minutes.
  4. Top with shredded cheese and avocado just before serving.
This is good chilled or at room temperature. It even works slightly heated but I prefer it chilled or room temp best. And like most dishes, it’s better the next day.
Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad

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  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    i think my hubby and i will have to take this to finally put an end to some of the debates we have about colors! it’s seriously one of the most frustrating!

    • Teri
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      haha! Let me know how the two of you score on it!

  • Bethany
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    Wow, that was kind of fun! I got a 4, but now I feel like my retinas will have little squares burned onto them for the rest of the night. I wonder if performance varies depending on the computer monitor color calibration? Maybe your score could be blamed on your computer :).

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde
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    Yum, this salad looks amazing! I’m thinking about making a batch to have on hand for lunches. I got a 12 on that test, but it kind of made my eyes cross!

  • aubry
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    105?! woman! you’re color blind like a man!
    i got a 7…. but agreed with bethany… that hurt my eyes! the blues were a little rough for me. i had to check, check, double check my colors….. with the help of a few long blinks.

    fun test. i may share it.

  • Megan
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    I scored a 20! But I’m going to the eye doctor this week because even with my contacts and glasses, my eyes are totally fuzzy…

  • Lea
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    We took that color test in one of my graphic design classes and apparently I have perfect color vision! Can I put that on my resume? I guess staring at colors on a screen for hours during my graphic design classes paid off.

  • Anna
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    that was fun! I got 7

  • Meg
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    No way! Your style is waaay too good to not have a firm command of colors! What’s your upper body routine? I feel like that’s my weakest area and could use some inspiration.

  • Becci L.
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    I scored an 8!

  • mrs.mfc
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    I got a 7! I’m blind now though!! Gahh!

  • Lindsey
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    That was a tough “test”! haha. I got a 28, so not bad at all I think.

  • Christina
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    I scored a 0!! Was not expecting that!

    The salad looks great, some of my favorite things are in it. I’ll have to make it soon, I have a ton of fresh cilantro from my CSA that I have to use!

  • April
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    Um, I scored 112. Wow. Apparently I am seeing the world all wrong! 😉

  • Yena
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    I scored an 83….hmmmm.

  • Sarah @RunningChickago.com
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    lovin’ that salad! i much prefer non-leafy salads over “traditional” salads, and this looks great!!

  • Jessica
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    Wow. I scored a 62. No wonder the paint colors in my house are slightly off.

  • [email protected]!
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    I may be horribly near-sighted, but I scored an 18 on that!

  • Brittany @WeHeartVegan
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    Wow I just took that test… my eyes were definitely straining lol!!! That salad looks great though!! Perfect for summer (:

  • Becky
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    Wow that color test made my eyes tired! I got a 24. It felt like my eyes kept crossing so I kinda rushed through it. Lovely salad btw!

  • Jessica
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    I made this for dinner tonight. It was super tasty! I’m pretty sure it made enough to feed a family of 6 for a week, too.

  • Courtney
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    Hey!! Just wanted to let you know that I made this last week and Brent and I both loved it! It’s the perfect light summer dinner that is equally perfect for lunch the next day…in fact, I think I might have eaten it for 3 meals in a row!

    Thanks <3

    • Teri
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      yay! so glad you guys liked it. 🙂 i’m coming over for leftovers next time.

  • Debbie
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    Teri!! Is it the black bean salad that made us friends–or–the fact that I just scored 119 on the color blind test and we have yet another thing in common?!?? (Either way, its win-win.)

    • Teri
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      Yes! Did you see that I wrote that above the recipe? haha! Great minds think alike!

      i love that you are colorblind too. 😉 BTW, I have these gluten-free brownies in the oven that I think are going to be to-die-for. The batter is at least! http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/01/dark-chocolate-brownies.html

      Can’t wait to see you on Saturday! xoxo

      • Debbie
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        Sounds heavenly, thanks for the link…I cannot wait either! Love ya bunches.

  • Amber
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    I got a 51… I can’t decide if that’s good or bad…?

  • Christine Whittington
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    Don’t worry too much! It may have to do with your monitor. I missed a couple of them. My daughter (who is legitimately VERY colorblind) didn’t even know where to begin with this test. She says things like she can sometimes tell green from red because green is lighter than red. She can’t tell a blinking red light from a blinking yellow light.

  • Christine Whittington
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    Your score may vary according to your monitor!

    My daughter is legitimately VERY color blind and didn’t even know where to begin with this test. She can’t tell a blinking yellow light from a blinking red light.