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TK's Forbidden Black Rice Salad

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This fresh, delicious, and healthy dish is loved by everyone at first bite. It is made with forbidden rice, which has been eaten in China for centuries. It's full of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and flavor. It somehow manages to give one a sense of well-being, peace, and energy at the same time. It is filling without leaving you with a feeling of being stuffed. Delicious! Serve slightly warm or at room temperature."
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1 h 30 m servings 324
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. Bring water and rice to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer rice to a large bowl, fluff with a fork, and cool until just warm.
  2. Whisk rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, mirin, sriracha sauce, and agave nectar together in a bowl until dressing is smooth. Pour dressing over cooled rice; stir.
  3. Stir carrots, cashews, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper, scallions, Thai basil, purple basil, and jalapeno into rice until evenly distributed.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Alter the ingredients to fit your own tastes and availability of items. For example, you may want to use less sriracha if you have a more delicate palate. Don't have Thai and purple basil? Try using sweet basil or a little tarragon, or you could skip that all-together. Make it your own!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 324 calories; 9.7 51.4 7.5 0 973 Full nutrition

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I should've added that when if you don't have Thai or purple basils, you can use sweet basil. Although Thai basil can be found at an Asian market, I grow both Thai and purple in my garden. It's ...