Black Bean, Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette - HealthyLiving-US

Black Bean, Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette

Black Bean, Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette

This salad is a great compliment to chicken on the grill, a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, or just add some grilled shrimp to make it a meal unto itself.  Actually, I think it's a meal with adding any meat, so leave out the bacon and make it for Meatless Mondays. If you leave off the cotija cheese as well, you've got a hearty vegan main dish.
The leftovers can be tossed with some hot pasta or stirred into eggs for a quick frittata. Or you can do what I do and make a huge bowl to eat for a couple days.

Black Bean, Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette 
Salad:
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 bell pepper, any color
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3 carrots or 1.5 cups of shredded carrots
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice*
  • 4 strips of crispy bacon

  • 4 oz Cotija cheese**
  • handful of chopped cilantro

Dressing:
  • 2 limes, juiced (should be about 4 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Dash each of cumin, cayenne, chili powder, salt, pepper, sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Dice all the vegetables and bacon to your preferred size and throw them in a big bowl with the beans and rice.

For the dressing, combine the lime juice, vinegar and seasonings in a small bowl and drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Adjust amount of oil until you have the consistency you want.

Now, just drizzle the dressing over the bowl of veggies and black beans and stir. Adjust salt if necessary. Top with crumbled cotija cheese and cilantro, and you're done! You can eat it now, but the salad will be better if you let it sit for an hour or two.
Black Bean, Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette Black Bean, Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette Reviewed by Aleksandar Petrusevski on 1:01:00 AM Rating: 5
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