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Mexican Rice Salad

Ruth Bianchi from Apple Valley, Minnesota notes, “The recipe for this delicious, colorful salad has been in my family for years. My mother used to bring it to many different functions, and I’m carrying on her tradition.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


  • In a large saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Rinse rice with cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl.
  • In a small skillet, saute the green pepper, onion and carrot in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add to rice. Stir in the corn, beans, tomatoes, peanuts and cilantro.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, cayenne and cumin. Pour over rice mixture; stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 297 calories, 20g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • pajamaangel
    Dec 13, 2019

    The olive oil was the only thing we tasted. It had a little kick to it, but no real flavor. We did not enjoy it.

  • kristieg
    Jun 14, 2013

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  • kjones76
    Aug 26, 2012

    This salad is always a hit. The fresh flavors are amazing.

  • scsimp
    Aug 4, 2012

    My family loved it! Even better left over!

  • RGILBmom
    Feb 28, 2012

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  • Brendasawatzky
    Aug 26, 2010

    I've made this recipe so many times, and it's always a hit.

  • plumcrazy__Alta
    Feb 19, 2009

    This looks good, thanks for posting

  • green apple kitchen
    Feb 19, 2009

    My family loves this salad and eat it all summer long. I add zucchini and omit the peanuts.

  • mystique054
    Mar 27, 2008

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  • thekemfam
    Jun 30, 2007

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