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    Southwestern Rice & Pinto Bean Salad

    The slightly chewy texture of ruddy-red Wehani rice makes it perfect for salads. Serve it mounded on a bed of Boston lettuce or curly frisée.


    • 1 cup Wehani brown rice or brown basmati rice
    • 2-2 1/2 cups water
    • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds or 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
    • 1 large clove garlic, crushed and peeled
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, rinsed
    • 1 medium bell pepper, green, yellow, orange or red, chopped, (about 1 cup)
    • 8 scallions, trimmed and sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)


    Step 1
    Combine rice and water (2 cups water if using brown basmati) in a 3-quart saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until all the water has been absorbed, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from heat; let rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Spread the rice out on a large baking sheet until cooled to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
    Step 2
    Meanwhile, toast cumin in a small skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes for seeds, 1 minute for ground cumin. Transfer to a blender or food processor and let cool for several minutes. Add oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper and process until the garlic is finely chopped.
    Step 3
    Transfer the rice to a large bowl and toss with beans, scallions and bell pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to combine.

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