Mexican lunchbox salad

Jill Dupleix
Fresh and colourful Texy-Mexy lunchbox salad.
Fresh and colourful Texy-Mexy lunchbox salad. Photo: William Meppem

Nutty brown rice and red kidney beans in a juicy jalapeno and lime dressing make a delicious base for avocado, red onion, sweetcorn and feta – and tuck in a slice or two of watermelon for snacking.


200g brown rice, rinsed

400g canned red kidney beans, rinsed

1 fresh corn cob, shucked

½ avocado, cut into wedges and peeled

handful cherry tomatoes, halved

½ red onion, finely sliced

2 tbsp chopped coriander plus fresh coriander sprigs

150g feta, broken up (swap for vegan cheese if you prefer)

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

lime or lemon wedges and corn chips to serve


3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp lime or lemon juice

1 tsp diced jalapeno chilli


1. Cook the rice in two cups of simmering salted water, covered, for 25 minutes or until tender and nutty. Drain and toss with red kidney beans.

2. Cook the corn in simmering salted water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool, then lightly char the kernels over a gas flame for one minute, turning. Cut the kernels from the cob.

3. Whisk the dressing, sea salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add avocado, turn to coat, then remove and set aside. Add the rice, beans, cherry tomatoes and chopped coriander and toss with the dressing.

4. Divide between plates or lunchboxes, and top with the corn, avocado, red onion, feta, dried oregano and pumpkin seeds. Tuck in the lime wedges and coriander sprigs and serve with corn chips.

Need more lunch ideas? Try this Tunisian casse-croute (spicy tuna salad sandwich)