Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer Confetti Salad

This is one of the most colorful, healthy, and refreshing salads you can make. It's also one of the easiest. I first had it when I participated in a comparative weight loss study at Skidmore College sponsored by the Exercise Science Department and Body for Life. We were all monitored for six months and exercised six days a week! We started in August and by Thanksgiving I’d lost the equivalent of a good sized Butterball turkey! You know how it goes -- once the discipline and oversight of the study ended, life got in the way and the structure of the program faded. Still, there are remnants of that experience that have stayed with me, and among them are recipes for good, healthy food. This recipe is one that I use again and again. It’s a huge hit at summer barbeques. With the rice, beans and colorful veggies, it's very pretty and looks like confetti, so that’s where it got its name.

Summer Confetti Salad

4 cups cooked brown rice (instant or regular), cooled
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
½ green pepper, chopped
½ red pepper, chopped
½ yellow pepper, chopped
½ cucumber, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
2 tbsp. chopped red onion
1 small container feta crumbles
1 small bottle light Italian dressing, more or less to taste

In large bowl, combine rice with beans and chopped vegetables. Add feta and Italian dressing. Mix well. Chill. That’s it!

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  1. Sounds great...similar to a salad that Tina and I make although I've never put feta or cucumbers in. The possibilities are endless!

  2. Update July 2, 2013 - here we are, 4 years later! This salad stands the test of time, of health, of deliciousness! This was before I had a good camera, but if I make it again soon, I'll repost with photos!

  3. sounds good I'll try this for sure!feta must give this a mouth full of flavor !! sharron

    1. It is so flavorful, and so pretty! The veggies are so colorful. This salad makes a great presentation at a party!