Black Rice Salad with Green Mango and Avocado

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This post brought to you by Sunsweet Growers. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Healthy Delicious. This black rice salad is full of interesting textures and flavors – from crispy carrots and cool cucumbers to creamy avocado, chewy dried green mango, and juicy pomegranate seeds. Black Rice Salad with Green Mango and Avocado The weekend of Valentine’s Day, we checked into a local hotel for an impromptu “vacation.” We hung out at the pool, shared a surf and turf dinner and a dozen oysters at a great restaurant. It was a ton of fun.Unfortunately, the reason we did it wasn’t fun at all. It was ridiculously cold outside – we’re talking windchills of -30 – and our old radiators couldn’t keep up. We were freezing and I was cursing the fact that we live so far north. (I was also cursing the fact that when we bought our house I was more focused on silly things like character and charm instead of more practical ones like insulation. Lesson learned!)The weather has thankfully mellowed out since that weekend but I’m still dreaming of a tropical getaway.green mangoSunsweet is currently holding a #FindYourParadise promotion to send one lucky winner to the domestic tropical/warm weather destination of their choice (Hawaii, Florida, or a Caribbean cruise.) Check out the Sunsweet Find Your Paradise Sweepstakes to learn more or to enter. I love cruises and Miami is my happy place, but Hawaii definitely sounds good to me this time! Where would you go if you won? I recently received samples of Sunsweet’s product line, which includes  Philippine Pineapple and Philippine Mango along with their two newest products, Philippine Green Mango and Thai Coconut Chips. I’m in love.This black rice salad was inspired by their new Philippine Green Mangos. Green mangoes are picked early, just as they begin to ripen, so they’re not as sweet as regular dried mango; they’re tart and a little tangy. They’re delicious on their own, but I also love the chewy texture and subtly sweet flavor that they add to this salad. The salad is full of texture and flavor and is filling enough to enjoy on it’s own as a light lunch. For a more substantial meal, add a piece of grilled fish (tilapia or mahi mahi are perfect) seasoned with a dusting of chili powder and a little fresh lime juice. Black Rice Salad with Green Mango and Avocado

 

Black Rice Salad with Green Mango and Avocado
 
Author: Lauren Keating
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup forbidden black rice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 limes, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced small
  • 1 small red onion, diced small
  • 2 carrots, diced small
  • 1 cucumber, diced small
  • 1/2 cup dried green mango, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice and salt; reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by whisking together the lime juice, olive oil, and honey. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the rice to a large serving bowl. Pour the dressing over the rice and stir to combine. Gently stir in the remaining ingredients.
 

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By on March 8th, 2016

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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