A Summer Salad

Last December we had the pleasure of hosting two missionaries serving with NET Canada for a time. They were two of the loveliest girls I have ever met, one from Australia and the other from Alberta. While serving with NET often times there will be someone who’s birthday doesn’t get celebrated because it happened before they came on the road or will happen after they’ve gone home. To make sure that everyone has a chance to be celebrated, they have Unbirthdays. It just so happened to be one of the girls unbirthdays the day they came to stay with us. As her host mom I was given the chance to get in on it and make her very favorite meal from home. I jumped at the chance, having once been on the road myself and wishing I had the comfort of familiar home cooked meals at times. I am so glad that I decided to make this meal, our girls loved it, Ben loved and so did I. Introducing a super simple, quick to put together, summery meal called….

Rice Salad

1 cup long grain white rice (uncooked)
1 x 19oz can Black Beans, strained and rinsed
2 x 12oz cans whole kernel corn, strained
2 red peppers, diced
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
6 green onions chopped
1 teaspoon oil

I usually start by putting all of these ingredients (minus the oil) in the refrigerator in the morning. When you’re ready to make it, mix it all together except the rice which I cook in our rice cooker or you can cook in a pot of water for 12-14 minutes. Drain the rice and toss with the teaspoon of oil to keep it from all sticking together.

Dressing:

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2  garlic cloves
1 Heaping tablespoon chili powder ( I use 1 tsp)
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup oil, either canola or olive should be fine

Whisk your dressing together and then pour into your salad. Toss and serve. *I made this with 1/2 cup of oil and I find it just as nice and it lowers the calories*

If your kids are anything like mine they will probably love this. They love all the little bits of different foods to pick out and eat. It’s also very colourful and could be served as a side to some BBQ goodness or brought along to a picnic or potluck.
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