This recipe is healthy. Vegetarian, could even be vegan depending on the toppings. It gives you a ton of food for very little effort, a perfect make ahead lunch for the work week. It's cheap, heck this is straight up rice and beans.
And it is delicious.
For the salad:
- 2 cups cooked brown rice (from ¾ cup uncooked brown rice)
- 1 can black beans
- ¼ cup chopped shallots or red onion
- ½ cup cilantro
- 2 cups grape tomatoes
- romaine lettuce
For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoons lime juice (from 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- salt and pepper
- Sour cream
Begin by cooking the rice according to your favorite method, which for me is the microwave. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
Drain and rinse the beans. Now I like things spicy, so I like to add in a little ghost pepper sauce, but this is totally optional.
Slice into a shallot or onion...
...and dice finely.
Halve the tomatoes.
Slice the cilantro into fine pieces.
Juice the limes.
Mix the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, and salt and pepper together for the dressing.
Now throw everything together. First beans into rice...
Then the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and dressing. Mix well.
Line a salad bowl with romaine.
Top with a hearty serving of the rice and beans, and you will be faced with something that is far too healthy to eat. So add in some fun stuff to remind you not to take life too seriously. I like a sprinkling of cheese and avocado.
And eat it up.