Black Bean & Yellow Rice Salad
A colorful, refreshing salad with diced bell peppers to add texture and lime to add zest.
In a large skillet, saute onion till translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, stirring for 2 minutes. Then add rice, along with tumeric, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir for 3-5 more minutes, coating rice with oil and spices.
Add broth, bring to a low boil, cover pot, and simmer over low heat till rice has absorbed liquid, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat—and remove bay leaf. Let rice sit for at least 5-10 more minutes to finish steaming.
Empty rice into a large bowl. Add black beans and remaining ingredients, stirring thoroughly. Serve at room temperature or chill and serve cold.
Tips & Glossary
Caribbean cuisine is an exquisite blend of African, Asian, European, and Carib Indian (the area's original inhabitants) foods. Dishes are highly seasoned, either with a dry rub or marinade —or both. Below are some typical ingredients found in Caribbean food.
Callaloo: young leaves of either the taro root plant or amaranth used widely in Caribbean cooking. Spinach can be used as a substitute.
Spices: Allspice, bay leaves, black pepper, chives, chili peppers, cilantro, cinnamon, coconut, curry powder, escallion, garlic, ginger, lime, mace, nutmeg, onion, oregano, sugar, thyme, orange, tomato paste, vanilla, cayenne (red) pepper.
Jerk: Jamaican cooking method in which meat is rubbed, prior to grilling, with a blend of seasonings, often firey hot.
• 1 T each—onion powder, garlic powder, dried chives, brown sugar; 2 tsp. each— (ground) allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon; 1 tsp. each—sage. thyme, salt, black pepper, cayenne (or more to taste). Mix thoroughly and store in a tightly covered jar.
There are thousands of versions; figure out what flavors you like most and add or subtract accordingly.
Typical meats: goat, pork, chicken, and some beef (though beef has tended to be expensive).
Fish: varieties that abound in surrounding waters, some familiar to us—grouper, cod, tilapia, blue marlin; others not so—200 species of jack, chip-chips (tiny clams), casadura (primitive armored catfish).
Native plant foods:
More familiar foods:
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