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  • Writer's pictureMelisha Meredith

Perfect, protein-packed side dish for Summer!

Updated: Jul 8

I love summer get togethers! Barbecues, family dinners, fourth of July parties... I love it all.

If you want to try and eat somewhat healthy at these events, it's always a good idea to bring a dish yourself that is nutrient dense and will leave you feeling good. So many of these events have food that makes me feel yucky after dinner.

Our family almost always has a potluck, so bringing my own dish is naturally going to be part of the event. Is that a thing for your family too?

I like that this dish has some whole grains, protein, healthy fats and even healthy herbs and spices. Yum!

For the beans, you can cook those yourself ahead of time, or use canned. Try to avoid a BPA lining on canned goods. If you have trouble with beans giving you gas, you can soak and sprout them before cooking, just give them a good rinse after the soaking and sprouting part.

Hope you enjoy this one!

Cool Bean Salad


  • Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice

  • 2 cups kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen organic corn, thawed if frozen

  • 4 green onions, sliced

  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped

  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro


  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • Directions:

  • In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Chill until served. 

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