TK's Forbidden Black Rice Salad


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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
16 servings


  • 8 cups water

  • 2 (15 ounce) packages black rice (such as Lotus® forbidden rice)


  • 1 ½ cups rice vinegar

  • ¾ cup tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)

  • cup sesame oil

  • cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

  • ¼ cup sriracha sauce

  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar


  • 1 cup diced carrots

  • 1 cup roasted unsalted cashews

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced

  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions

  • 2 tablespoons chopped Thai basil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped purple basil

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced


  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
10g Fat
51g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 973mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 39mg 195%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 227mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.