From my experience, trying to come up with a nice side dish can be difficult. I have spent many hours in a thinking position trying, smacking my battle-ax against a large stone in the garden. I feel the pain growing in my brain as I try to concoct something delicious.
We don’t want to have the usual lettuce, onion, cucumber, and tomato salad. It becomes repetitive and reminds me too much of a simple restaurant salad.
I recently stumbled across a fairly simple side dish, which is a little more than jsut a salad. It almost acts a real side dish, while being disquised as a salad.
You do need to shop some specific ingredients for this unless you happen to keep certain vegetables in your fridge as part of the family food pile.
Get ready to rock the side dish and impress your wife (or husband) … and hopefully the rest of your family.
- A hand full of fresh cilantro, cut into extremely tiny pieces
- 1 crushed clove of garlic, finely diced
- Juice from half a lime
- 1 tablespoon of lime zest
- 1 small jalapeno, very finely diced
- Half a green pepper, cut into small cubes
- 1 can of corn
- 1 can of black beans
- 3 cups of boiled rice (you could use leftover rice)
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 Roma tomatoes, cut into small cubes
- Optional, a fresh avocado cut into small cubes
If you have all these ingredients ready, then it shouldn’t take you more than 15-20 minutes to cut, mix, and prepare this awesome and freakishly delicious side dish.
Assuming you’ve cut all the ingredients as I outlined above, here are the steps:
- Place the cilantro, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, and the cumin in a small bowl.
- Mix this into a nice little green marinade/dressing
- Put the remaining ingredients into a large bowl, and mix well
- Jalapeno, pepper, corn, black beans, tomatoes, and riceR
- remember to add the avocado if you decide to spice it up a little more, perhaps for Cinco de Mayo
- Sprinkle and stir the dressing over the rice dish, and gently mix it together
There you go, you have just impressed your family and dinner guests in less than 20 minutes, and also managed to make a new creation.
I served this dish with my skewered shrimps and some spicy sausage. It was a perfect combination – not too heavy and yet filling.
The skewers we prepared easily, and grilled for 10-12 minutes on my Traeger.
I have full faith in you my friend, and hope you enjoyed this dish too. We can share and help each other, especially as we all struggle with busy work schedules, kids activities, homeschooling, and home exercises.