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Cool Beans Salad


The title to this recipe reminds me of 8th grade when we used to say “Cool beans!” all of the time.  Anyone else?  Either way, the mixture of rice, lime juice, and veggies makes it the perfect summertime lunch.  Because it’s so pretty, I think it would also be a great dish to bring to a BBQ or potluck.  Enjoy!

Cool Beans Salad


Katie @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 3 cups white rice, cooked
  • 15 ounces kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups frozen corn, defrosted
  • 4 medium green onions, sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 0.25 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 0.5 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 0.25 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 0.5 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 0.25 teaspoon black pepper


In a large bowl, combine rice, kidney beans, black beans, corn, onions, bell pepper, and cilantro. Mix well. In another bowl, stir together olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, salt, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper. Pour dressing over the top of the rice and beans. Stir well to coat.  Serve cold.

Freezing Directions:

Divide into  quart sized freezer bags. Label and freeze. To serve: thaw in fridge. Serve cold.

Servings: 6


**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann


13 Responses to “Cool Beans Salad”

  1. AMac says:

    “…the mixture of rice, lime juice, and veggies…”

    There’s no lime juice mentioned in the ingredients. How much is needed?

  2. Laura says:

    How many servings does this make? How many calories per serving?

  3. Michelle K says:

    Is that 3 cups of cooked rice, or 3 cups of rice (raw then cooked)? I’m thinking it’s 3 cups of cooked rice.

  4. Leah says:

    This was delicious, but after freezing and thawing it tasted awful. Super dry. Did yours turn out this way?

    • katie says:

      It didn’t. If you still have some frozen, you might try to add a little more olive oil and lime juice once it defrosts. Let me know if that helps.

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