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Southwestern Rice & Pinto Bean Salad

From: EatingWell

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 frisee.

Servings: 6 servings, 1 1/3 cups each
Prep: 20 mins
Total: 1 hr
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1 cup  Wehani brown rice, (see Note) 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
8   scallions, trimmed and sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1   medium bell pepper, (green, yellow, orange or red), chopped (about 1 cup)
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.
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.
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.
Note: Wehani rice, an aromatic brown rice related to basmati, has a sweet, nutty flavor, a light reddish color, and splits like wild rice when cooked. It can be found in the health-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 325, Total Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 8 g, Sodium 125 mg, Carbohydrate 49 g, Fiber 9 g, Protein 10 g, Potassium 513 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin C 40%, Iron 20%. Exchanges: Starch 2.5,Vegetable 1,Lean Meat 1,Fat 1.5.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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