This tasty side dish was a brainchild of a bean and orange salad I’ve had at family parties over the summer. It’s light and refreshing, perfect to serve along with a big piece of meat like steak and surprisingly, it feeds a crowd!
The following serves 6 (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):
- 3 cups brown rice
- 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed
- 1 cup diced bell pepper, whatever color you have (I used yellow here)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 small shallot, diced
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 4-5 nectarine/halo/cutie oranges, peeled and separated
Cook rice according to package directions. While the rice is still warm, mix in the lime zest and salt to taste.
Meanwhile, in a medium-large bowl, add the lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. While whisking, stream in olive oil until thick and emulsified, just eyeball it.
Add the black beans, bell pepper, carrots, shallot and cilantro and toss well. Allow to sit in the dressing for a few minutes, then add in the rice and toss to combine.
You can leave this out covered at room temperature for a few hours until ready to serve. Before serving, add the orange segments and toss to combine. Note: the oranges are not in the picture above because I wasn’t ready to serve this at the time of photographing.