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Salads, rice and beans ... all with a Southwest touch.

The Southwest touch with Mexican seasonings gives a fresh taste to these salads and side dishes. Designed as part of the desert picnic menu pictured on pages 108 and 109, these dishes are also well suited to family meals.

When part of the complete picnic menu, each of the dishes serves 12 to 16; presented individually, each serves 6 to 8.

The first salad is a crisp slaw of cabbage laced with cilantro and lime. The second has a dressing flavored by cumin.

Black beans, or turtle beans, are now available in many supermarkets; they can also be found in Mexican markets.

Both the slaw and the black beans have make-ahead steps, with directions for packing for a picnic.

A kitchen maid gets credit for the name of the rice dish; cook it just before serving. Cilantro Slaw 1 small head (about 1 lb.) green cabbage, finely shredded 1 small onion, minced 1 to 2 tablespoons minced cilantro (coriander) 1 European-style cucumber Lime and garlic dressing (recipe follows)

Mix together cabbage and onion. Add cilantro to taste. Peel and seed cucumber; cut into 3-inch-long sticks. If made ahead, cover cabbage mixture and cucumber separately; chill up to 1 day. To transport, keep cold in an insulated container.

Stir dressing into cabbage mixture. Pile cabbage into a bowl or onto a platter. Garnish with cucumber. Serves 6 to 8.

Lime and garlic dressing. Whisk together 1/2 cup salad oil, 1/3 cup lime juice, and 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Use, or cover airtight and chill up to 2 days. Orange and Avocado Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette 4 medium-size oranges 2 large ripe avocados 2 green onions, including tops, sliced Cumin dressing (recipe follows)

With a sharp knife, peel oranges, removing white membrane. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Peel and pit avocados; cut into 1/2-inch-thick lengthwise wedges. Arrange orange slices and avocado wedges on a platter. Pour dressing over them; sprinkle with onion. Serve, or let stand up to 1 hour at room temperature. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Cumin dressing. Whisk together 5 tablespoons olive or salad oil, 1 tablespoon each red wine vinegar and orange juice, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1 small clove garlic, minced or pressed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let stand at least 1 hour to let flavors blend, or chill up to 2 days. Black Beans 1/3 pound salt pork, diced 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed 2-1/2 cups (about 1 lb.) dried black beans, sorted, washed, and drained About 5 cups water 4 cups regular-strength beef broth Salt

To a 4- to 5-quart pan over medium heat, add salt pork. When fat begins to melt, add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until onion is limp. Add beans, water, and broth; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans mash easily, about 2 hours. If beans are soupier than you like, uncover and boil on medium-high heat, stirring more frequently as mixture thickens; add salt to taste.

Serve; or, if made ahead, let cool, cover, and chill up to 2 days. To transport, keep cold in an insulated container. Reheat, covered, on low heat or over medium-hot coals on the barbecue grill; stir often and add water as needed to keep beans from sticking. Serve from the pan or a bowl. Makes 6 to 8 servings. Maid's Rice 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1-1/2 cups long-grain white rice 1 small onion, cut into wedges 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped 3 cups regular-strength chicken broth 1 medium-size tomato, cored and chopped Salt and pepper

In a 3- to 4-quart pan, melt butter on medium heat, or on a grill about 6 inches above hot coals. Add rice, onion, and carrot; cook, stirring, until rice becomes opaque and begins to brown. Add broth and tomato. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer, or move pan to a cooler position on barbecue.

Cook until rice is tender to bite, about 2k minutes; stir occasionally. Remove from heat; let stand, covered and warm, for about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork; add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 6 to 8.
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