Black Rice Veggie Salad - A.K.A. Forbidden Rice - you could use brown rice in this gluten-free vegan recipe, but it wouldn't look nearly as pretty! |
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Black Rice Veggie Salad

You could use brown rice in this gluten-free vegan recipe, but it would not be nearly as pretty or nutritious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 846kcal


Applesauce Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tbsp. unsweetened natural apple sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. spicy mustard (I use Nathan's Famous Deli Style Mustard)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • 5-6 cups cooked black rice
  • 1/2 red onion chopped (optional)
  • 1 cucumber peeled and seeded, chopped
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2 cups baby kale or other dark leafy green
  • 15 oz canned low sodium kidney beans rinsed and drained (or about 2 cups cooked beans)
  • 3/4 cup raisins


Applesauce Vinaigrette

  • Add vinaigrette ingredients to an immersion blender cup and blend until well mixed.


  • Add chopped onion and cucumber to a large mixing bowl.
  • Place carrots in a food processor fitted with an S blade and pulse until carrots are coarsely minced, then scrape them into the mixing bowl.
  • Place baby kale in the food processor and pulse until it is coarsely minced, then scrape it into the mixing bowl.
  • Add kidney beans, raisins and 1/2 of applesauce vinaigrette to mixing bowl and stir to blend.
  • Add rice and remaining applesauce vinaigrette and stir until completely mixed.
  • Serve salad chilled or at room temperature. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days.


Prep time assumes rice has been cooked ahead of time. Add 50 minutes cook time to prepare rice.


Calories: 846kcal | Carbohydrates: 186g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 1190mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 7700IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.8mg