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Southwest Grain Salad With Thyme Vinaigrette

Southwest Grain Salad With Thyme Vinaigrette
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Prep Time: 15 min Serves: 3
Cooking Time: 5 min Yield: 3 salads
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Rice and beans get all dressed up in this composed salad inspired by the southwest. You can even wrap this salad up in a large tortilla as a fresh take on a burrito. If you enjoy a bit of kick, feel free to add in roasted peppers or a bit of cayenne.


  • 3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 medium raw Roma Tomato, diced
  • 1 fruit without Avocados, raw, California, chopped
  • 2 medium raw carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup cooked black beans
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack, Shredded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Thyme, fresh
  • 4 tbsp Lemon juice, canned or bottled
  • 1 tsp Honey


1. Squeeze the juice from the lemons into a bowl.
2. Add olive oil, vinegar, red onion, thyme and honey.
3. Whisk to combine for the dressing and then set aside.
4. Place the lettuce onto two plates.
5. Top with the avocado, tomato, carrots, beans and rice.
6. Sprinkle on the cheese.
7. Pour on the dressing.

PC: Susan Marque


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