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Yucatecan Rice Salad

Oxmoor House
Prep time 7 mins
Cook time 7 mins
Other time 5 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
Yucatecan cuisine combines Spanish, Mexican, and Caribbean flavors. In this spicy recipe, an authentic combination of turmeric, black beans, and olives accompanies the rice. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup instant whole-grain brown rice (such as Minute)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup jalapeño-stuffed green olives, coarsely chopped (about 11 olives)
  • 1/3 cup prechopped red onion
  • 3 (0.5-ounce) slices reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, cut into 1/2-inch squares
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 164
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 8.3 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 4.9 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 6.4 g
  • carbohydrate 20.9 g
  • fiber 4.1 g
  • cholesterol 8 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 430 mg
  • calcium 102 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring water and turmeric to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in rice; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Place rice in a wire mesh strainer; rinse rice with cold water, and drain well.

  2. While rice cooks, combine beans and next 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the cooled rice; toss gently until blended. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

  3. Serve with: Tomato-Avocado Wedges

Cook's Notes

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