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Red Bean and Rice Salad

Indian basmati and Louisiana popcorn rices are both long-grain varieties of aromatic rice with a subtle, nutty flavor.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August/Septemper 1993


  • 3/4 cup red kidney beans
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups long-grain rice, preferably basmati or popcorn rice
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 2 stalks celery, peeled to remove strings
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts, sliced into small rounds
  • Spicy Vinaigrette


  1. Pick over beans and discard any broken ones and foreign objects. Rinse and place in a large saucepan. Add bay leaf and water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and cook at a steady simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The cooking time will vary according to the age of the beans. Toward the end of the cooking time, add salt to taste. Let cool in liquid; drain when cool, and discard bay leaf.

  2. Place rice in a 2-quart saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add 3 1/2 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and transfer to a bowl

  3. Cut cucumber and celery into 1/4-inch dice. Add to rice along with beans and scallions. Toss with vinaigrette. Serve at room temperature within a few hours.

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