Spiced Black Bean & Rice Salad in a Jar

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The black bean, also known as black turtle bean, is especially popular in the Latin American cuisine, but can nowadays be found pretty much anywhere around the world. Just like other legumes, it is a great source of protein and fiber and, in combination with the spices, a delicious ingredient to add to pretty much any meal, like this meal in a jar!


Spiced Black bean & Rice Salad in a Jar

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▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free

Yield: 4 servings (of 1L mason jars) Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 20 min Total Time: 35 min (excluding cooling time)


1½ cups (285 g) dry white rice


¼ cup (60 mL) olive oil

¼ cup (60 mL) fresh lime juice (the juice from about 2 whole limes)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tsp (4 g) paprika powder

1 tsp (2 g) ground cumin

1 tsp (5 g) salt

½ tsp ground black pepper


1 Tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil

3 cups (520 g) cooked black beans

2 tsp (8 g) chili powder

2 tsp (4 g) garlic powder

2 tsp (4 g) onion powder

2 tsp (4 g) paprika powder

2 tsp (4 g) ground cumin

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper


2 cups (300 g) cherry tomatoes, halved

2 cups (350 g) canned corn

2 avocados, diced

2 red onions, diced

2 red bell peppers, diced

¼ cup (20 g) pickled jalapeño slices

Optional Garnish

1 cup (30 g) fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Cook the rice according to the package instructions. Once cooked, let cool off completely.

  2. Make the dressing by mixing all ingredients in a bowl, set aside.

  3. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat, add the oil, beans, and spices. Cook the for 3 - 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the beans are covered in spices and cooked through. Remove from the heat and let the beans cool off completely.

  4. To assemble the jars: start with dividing the dressing between four jars. Add rice, beans, corn, bell pepper, red onion, avocado, tomatoes. Top with the jalapeño slices, and add cilantro if desired.

  5. When ready to devour, give it a good mix before enjoying.


  1. Variations: add any other veggies, such as cucumber or carrots. Substitute the white rice for another grain, such as quinoa or brown rice. Try another bean in place of the black beans, such as chickpeas or lentils.

  2. Storage: the salad can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.



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