Red Beans and Rice Salad

Red Beans and Rice Salad

Red Beans and Rice is a popular dish that comes from New Orleans. This is a dish traditionally prepared and served on Monday nights.

In New Orleans, Monday used to be the “wash day” of the week. So, women would put on a pot of red beans to cook all day while they tended to the laundry. The beans would pretty much cook themselves and did not require much attention. The beans were largely seasoned by the leftover ham from Sunday dinner.

Ironically, Monday is wash day at our house too. David and I started Monday wash days while living in Louisa County many years ago. David had Monday’s off and believe it or not, David did the laundry while I was at work. (Yes, he’s a keeper, that’s why I married him!)

As you know, at our house we are meatless on Mondays and originally I was going to share this as a Meatless Monday post. However, I found this recipe to be a perfect make-ahead side dish, because it was better the day after that it was on Monday when I prepared it. I highly recommend making this salad the day before it’s needed, to give the flavors time to meld together.

A fresh take on classic Louisiana Creole cuisine, this Red Beans and Rice Salad is a perfect side dish for your next cookout or potluck. Perfect for BBQs!

This Red Beans and Rice Salad should be on everyone’s list to make and take to cookouts, potlucks, and picnics. It only takes a few minutes to make and it doesn’t have to stay in cold refrigeration, so there is no need to worry about it spoiling while outside in the hot sun.

A fresh take on classic Louisiana Creole cuisine, this Red Beans and Rice Salad is a perfect side dish for your next cookout or potluck. Perfect for BBQs!

A fresh take on classic Louisiana Creole cuisine, this Red Beans and Rice Salad is a perfect side dish for your next cookout or potluck. The longer it sits, the better it gets!

Try this recipe for your next cookout or your next “wash day”, whichever comes first… Ha!

Red Beans and Rice Salad

A fresh take on classic Louisiana Creole cuisine, this Red Beans and Rice Salad is a perfect side dish for your next cookout or potluck. The longer it sits, the better it gets!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Cajun, Creole
Keyword Asian Crunch Salad, Red beans, rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 412kcal

Ingredients

  • 31 ounces red kidney beans (2) 15.5-ounce cans
  • 17.6 ounces Long Grain White Rice (Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice) (2) 8.8-ounce packages
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced or grated with a Microplane
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 stalks celery finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
  • ½ red onion small, finely chopped
  • 1 cup bell peppers diced
  • 2 tablespoons pickled or fresh jalapeno slices optional for extra heat and garnish

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the beans. Heat the rice according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, add the vinegar, olive oil, hot sauce, and garlic together inside a small jar with a lid. Shake up the vinaigrette ingredients inside the jar until well combined.
  • Add the heated rice into a large bowl. Give the vinaigrette one last shake and pour into the rice. Stir well to combine. Add the celery, parsley red onion, beans and bell peppers. Toss until well combined.
  • Serve right away or marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

Notes

If you don’t have a small jar, gradually drizzle the olive oil into the other ingredients of the vinaigrette while whisking, until well combined.
Make ahead and refrigerate the salad overnight for best results.
Recipe adapted from Savory Magazine

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 870IU | Vitamin C: 29.5mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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