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Mediterranean Rice Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 3 C. Instant brown rice, cooked
  • 1 Can (15 oz.) Black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 C. Cucumber slices, quartered
  • 1 C. Tomato, seeded, chopped
  • 1/2 C. Red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 C. Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 C. Regular or low-fat Italian dressing

Directions:

Mix all ingredients except dressing in large bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Serving Size: Makes 5 (1-cup) main-dish servings


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