Southwest Rice Salad

This handy Southwest Rice and Bean Salad is made with a winning combination of brown and wild rice, black beans, tomatoes and green chilies and chopped cilantro.

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  • 2 cups Minute® Ready to Serve Brown & Wild Rice
  • 1 can (15 1/2 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)


  • This Southwest Rice Salad with black beans and Minute® Brown and Wild Rice will be the dish to beat at your next BBQ with family and friends.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

    Step 3

  • Top with cilantro, if desired.

    Recipe Tips

    To add a bit of zesty flavor to your rice salad, mix 1 tbsp olive oil with the juice of a lime half and pour over the rice.
    Feel free to add in a pinch of cumin and garlic powder if desired.
    Optional add-ins: canned corn, sliced avocado or favorite crushed tortilla chip.



Winning Combination

Rice and beans together are always a winning combination, and this recipe combines black beans with not one but two types of rice: Brown Rice and Wild Rice. Not to mention, it couldn’t be any easier to make with microwavable Minute® Ready to Serve Brown & Wild Rice. Simply toss the rice cup in the microwave for 1 minute and you’re set to add the black beans, tomatoes and green chilies, and chopped fresh cilantro.

Keep a few varieties of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice on hand for when hunger strikes or you need to make a quick meal.

Something for Everyone

If you’re a Southwest-style cooking fan or not, this is definitely a recipe to jot down and keep handy. Ready in under 5 minutes it’s the perfect side dish to bring to your next Meatless Monday party, family barbecue or potluck dinner. Made with just 4 ingredients, it’s vegan, vegetarian and great for those looking for plant-based protein options.

If you’re entertaining, don’t worry, we can help! Bring a few Tex-mex flavors to the table by serving this simple 5 minute side salad with Chicken and Rice Tacos.