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My Favorite Rice Salad

 My Favorite Rice Salad
This rice salad came from my mother's personal cookbook. I'm not sure where she found it, but it sounds like a New Orleans-type of dish to me. I like to make it for special occasions. It tastes especially good with barbecued meats. It also goes well with turkey dishes...and it's nutritious!
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling


  • 4 cups hot cooked rice
  • 1 can (8-3/4 ounces) red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped


  • Combine rice, beans and onion. In a separate bowl, combine oil,
  • vinegar, sugar, relish and chili powder and salt if desired. Toss
  • with rice mixture. Cover and chill for several hours. Just before
  • serving, stir in green pepper. Yield: 8 side-dish servings.
Nutritional Facts:Diabetic Exchanges: One serving (without added salt) equals 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1-1/2 fat; also, 239 calories, 201 mg sodium, 0 cholesterol, 40 gm carbohydrate, 4 gm protein, 7 gm fat.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.