We all want to be remembered for having that one dish that is OURS right? Well, this could be the one! No need to call it “Cheryl’s Mexican Salad” when someone asks you what it is… make it your own!!!


½ cup basmati rice, boil until cooked, then drain and rinse
1 tin chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed
Red capsicum, finely diced
Avocado (of course… ), finely diced
Fresh coriander (or if you are one of those people who would rather eat glass, then leave this out, but seriously… get some help…. Coriander is a pleasure for the mouth and should be loved wholeheartedly)

¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup lime juice
½ red long chilli…. Or more if you are into self mutilation
1 lebanese cucumber, finely diced (I like to put this in with the dressing so it absorbs and kind of pickles in the vinegary goodness)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of store bought salsa…. Ok so I cheated here.

What to do….
Make the dressing first by chucking everything in jar and giving it a stir to evenly distribute the oil. Then let sit while you are getting everything else ready.
Cook the rice as per instructions on packet. I alllllllllways cook wayyy too much, so my dogs get to enjoy rice with their dinners for a few days and we also usually have a curry the next night to use up the leftovers.
While the rice is cooking, drain and rinse the chick peas and the black beans. I usually feel the need to sample one or six of the chick peas just to make sure they are not off. So far I have never had an off one… hmmmf. Who would have thought? Still, better to be safe than sorry.
Chuck beans and capsicum in a bowl and stir. Leave avocado till last as you don’t want that to go brown or totally smoosh up in the mix. The lime juice in the dressing will stop it from going brown when you do finally add it.
Once the rice is cooked and rinsed, wait for it to cool (usually the cold rinse water will do this) and add it to the beans, add the dressing and stir through. Add the avo and gently stir.
Top with more coriander, because you can seriously never get enough of that fresh goodness.
Perfect to take along to a xmas celebration, have as a main meal, or use for snacking through the week. This will definitely become a family favourite and feel free to add or take away as you please. I think corn kernels or green beans will also go nicely in here too!