Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peaches

Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peaches is a delicious and beautiful rice salad. Black rice, also known as forbidden rice or purple rice, gives this dish a gorgeous array of colors that match the scrumptious flavor.
This was gorgeous and went in seconds.  Everyone loved it! Black Rice Salad with Mango & Peaches Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

As unbelievable as it is, there are times I cannot think of a single thing to write about food. It’s rather shocking given how much I love food and normally can talk about food for hours. Especially when it is about an ingredient that I find so interesting like black rice, aka purple rice or forbidden rice. I had planned on telling you about the first time I had it, my husband’s work picnic, and how much I loved it. That I rushed home and ordered some off the internet. It just doesn’t do this dish justice. I can’t really explain why black rice is so good or how it tastes different. It does but words are failing me. Since my little one is off school and bugging me to play with her (which I cannot do until I finish this post), I asked her what I should write about. She said I should write about her doing gymnastics. She happens to be dressed in a bikini (even though it is cold outside) and doing cartwheels and handstands in the living room while I am trying to work.

She thinks it is quite funny that I told her I would write about her and now since she can read (she’s in 1st grade), she is sitting reading as I type. If only she could type for me and edit. That would be really helpful. I could hire her as an intern. I’m getting a glimpse at how summer is going to go. I won’t get much work done during the day and have to stay up at night. Oh, I forgot to mention that while she is in her bikini, she is also sipping on hot chocolate. It is a cold, rainy, miserable day here so why not run around in a bikini and drink hot chocolate. You do it all the time, don’t you? If I was at my desired weight, I might do it too.

This was gorgeous and went in seconds.  Everyone loved it! Black Rice Salad with Mango & Peaches Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

I am freezing (a rare occurrence for me anymore) and have sweat pants and a sweat shirt on. My daughter is totally happy wearing a bikini right now. It’s so funny how much she is changing at this age. Most of the time she is still that sweet little girl who wants to cuddle and hold hands. It’s mixed with an “I want to do it attitude” and looking so grown up at times. What a fun age this is. I think I’ve thought that about every age. I’m not one of those  people who miss the baby age. Every year gets better, I can’t wait to see her grow and change.

I guess this was appropriate after all for a recipe perfect for Mother’s Day. This salad is a beautiful mix of colors and flavors. The sauce has a little Asian spin to it. It is the kind of salad that you can take to a barbecue or for a nice brunch. If you can’t find black rice, try it with white or brown or even wild. It will be scrumptious.

This was gorgeous and went in seconds.  Everyone loved it! Black Rice Salad with Mango & Peaches Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

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Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peaches
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 cups black rice (not cooked)
  • 1¾ cups water
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 2 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1½ peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 3 tbsp. peanuts
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, minced
  1. Whisk together lime juice, oil, 2 tsp. water and fish sauce.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring to a boil 1 ¾ cup water and rice. Add a pinch of salt. Cover and reduce to simmer for about 25 minutes. Rice should be tender and water absorbed. Remove saucepan from the heat but keep covered for another 15 minutes.
  3. Spread rice onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with dressing. Toss gently and cool.
  4. Place mangoes and remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Add in rice and toss well. Adjust for salt and pepper.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 187 Fat: 5 grams/Carbs 34 grams/Fiber 4 grams/Protein 5 gra
Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. Charlotte Moore says

    The peach, mango, and rice sound so good together. I have never had it but it sounds good. I have never seen black rice either. I do like brown ice though.

    • Christie Daruwalla says

      Hi Charlotte, Black rice is not something you see a lot of. I keep it stocked now. I think it will make a fun dish for Halloween this year.

    • Christie Daruwalla says

      Hi Aimee, Sometimes my brain just doesn’t want to work in the manner I want it to. My taste buds are always ready though.

  2. says

    This is gorgeous! I love the bright colors. I’ve never had forbidden rice (my favorite of its aliases) before, but it’s so pretty, and knowing that words escape you to describe it makes me feel that I HAVE to try it.

    Also, although I understood, you might want to clarify in your steps that the water that should go into the dressing in step 1 is the 2 tsp, not the 1 3/4 c. Just so everyone is sure! But only when you’re done playing with your daughter of course! :)

    • Christie Daruwalla says

      Thanks Lina. I agree Forbidden rice really does it justice. It is delicious and fun. The clarification was an excellent note too. It’s done.

  3. Lynn Palmatier says

    I am still laughing! What a picture I have in my head of my Granddaughter in a bikini, doing gymnastics, and drinking hot chocolate (with marshmallows, I hope). This sounds like the perfect salad to go with our Mother’s Day tea!

  4. Karyn says

    Is there an alternative to peaches or anything else that may taste like peaches that can be subituted?

    • Christie Daruwalla says

      Hi Karyn, You can substitute a different fruit,strawberries, papaya, nectarines, anything like that would work.


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